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Labor seeks to break into the debate over robots

The AFL-CIO is preparing to re-invent itself
1959: In their heyday, steelworkers on strike in Chicago. Photo: Grey Villet / LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

Three decades after Ronald Reagan broke the air traffic controllers union, organized labor is still trying to regain its footing. Just 10% of American workers belong to unions, half the percentage of the Reagan era.

What's happening: Later this month, the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor group, will convene a closed conference call of the leaders of its 55 associated unions to start figuring out how to climb back, Elizabeth Shuler, the AFL-CIO's secretary-treasurer, tells Axios. Later this year, they will gather in Washington, DC, to advance the process.