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Biden put focus on workers during Philadelphia visit to AFL-CIO convention

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PHILADELPHIA - President Joe Biden told the largest federation of labor unions on Tuesday that he's working to rebuild the U.S.

economy around workers, an attempt to draw a contrast with Republicans who have increasingly attracted blue-collar votes."We should encourage unions," Biden said. "I’m not just saying that to be pro-union.

I’m saying it because I’m pro-American."The speech before the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia was the president's attempt to reset the terms of the debate on the economy as the president's own approval ratings have slid while consumer prices and the cost of gasoline have surged.Inflation at a more than 40-year high has caused voters to sour on the economy, despite a recovery after the pandemic-induced downturn that has led to robust hiring and a healthy 3.6% unemployment rate.

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