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Congressional candidate Nina Turner to hold forum with local, national labor leaders

Turner is among the candidates seeking to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published story

As she continues her campaign to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District, Nina Turner is set to hold a discussion on Thursday evening featuring local and national labor leaders. 

The virtual event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and feature the following panel of experts: 

  • Joshua Brewer, Alabama RWDSU Organizer
  • Harriet Applegate, Former Executive Secretary Ohio Northshore AFL-CIO
  • William Nix, President ATU Local 268
  • Daleo Freeman, President APWU Local 72
  • Yanela Sims, Vice-President SEIU Local 1 and Ohio State Director
  • Frank Mathews, Administrative Director CWA District 4
  • David Passalacqua, President CWA Local 4340

The discussion will focus on the recent Amazon labor vote and the future of the labor moment in America.

Last week, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in much-anticipated election results. Amazon and business groups celebrated the decision, saying warehouse workers got a chance to weigh the pros and cons of union membership -- and voted to reject it. 

Labor activists argue that the lopsided vote shows how unfairly the odds are stacked against union organizing efforts and highlights the need for Congress to reform U.S. labor law. The House last month passed such legislation, but it looks likely to die in the Senate.

RELATED: Amazon secures enough votes to block union effort

A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, the 52-year-old Turner served on the Cleveland City Council and the Ohio State Senate before gaining a national following as a surrogate and later co-chair for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns. 

Turner has received endorsements from local and national political leaders as well as from labor groups as the countdown to the special primary election on August 3 continues. The special election will then take place on November 2. 

RELATED: LIST | Endorsements for the candidates vying to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District

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Editor's Note: The below video is from a previously published story.