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AFL-CIO Courts Sierra Club Despite Keystone Disagreement

The U.S. labor movement, faced with declining enrollment, political attacks and growing economic insecurity among members, is turning to non-union groups for help.

The AFL-CIO, the federation that represents 57 unions with 12 million members, holds its national convention this week in Los Angeles with labor in a time of “crisis,” according to the group’s president, Richard Trumka. Unions represented 11.3 percent of workers in 2012, down from 20.1 percent in 1983.