MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Labor leaders from throughout Connecticut are calling longtime state AFL-CIO President John Olsen a true fighter who has been the face of working families during his 25-year tenure leading the state's largest labor organization.
Olsen gave his final address as president before Connecticut AFL-CIO state convention on Wednesday. It was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the tribal-owned casino where four groups of workers have been organized.
A plumber by trade, the 63-year-old credited his career as a union leader to two delegates at a 1974 convention who encouraged him as a young plumber apprentice to fight on behalf of others. He urged union leaders to keep an eye out for other young delegates "who may be rough around the edges" and encourage them to get involved in the labor movement.
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