Inside the AFL-CIO’s Health Care Lobbying Efforts

BY Maureen Hoch  October 27, 2009 at 1:37 PM EST

Editor’s note: Tonight on the NewsHour, Paul profiles Richard Trumka, the newly elected president of the AFL-CIO, the labor federation representing 57 unions and 11.5 million members across the country. Trumka, who was elected in September, hopes to expand and energize organized labor after a decades-long decline.

The former coal miner has long been a major voice advocating for better, more affordable health care for union members. In the behind-the-scenes Web exclusive below, Trumka meets with state labor leaders to discuss the union’s health care lobbying efforts.