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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, seen here in August 2010 introducing President Obama for a Washingon speech to the labor federation's executive council, said Tuesday that all 57 affiliates of the AFL-CIO voted to support Mr. Obama's bid to win a second term with money and manpower. (Associated Press)

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AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka praised the National Labor Relations Board's sweeping new rules approved Wednesday that make it easier for unions to gain members at companies that have long rebuffed them. (Associated Press)

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President Obama greets Hector Sealey (center), safety director for Ft. Myer Construction Corporation, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (right) after speaking at the White House on Aug. 31, 2011, to urge Congress to pass a federal highway bill. (Associated Press)

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AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka speaks with reporters Aug. 25, 2011, during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor at the St. Regis Hotel in D.C. (Michael Bonfigli/Christian Science Monitor)

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**FILE** AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka

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President Barack Obama presents AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who was at the White House for a meeting with President Obama in October, said the South Korea free-trade deal reached last week does not go far enough to protect American jobs. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is introduced by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka before he spoke about jobs and the economy during an address before the AFL-CIO Executive Council in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)