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Obama Pledges Support for Pro-Union Legislation

President Obama at AFL-CIO

Filed in: AFL-CIO
 Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2010) —

President Barack Obama spoke to members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO on Wednesday, pledging he will continue to push for legislation, such as the Employee Free Choice Act,  making it easier for employees to unionize.

He also touted some steps his administration has taken to protect American workers, which include a federal crackdown against intellectual property theft, which directly affects performers and the entertainment industry.

Obama said he will continue to work with the AFL-CIO to improve the economy and protect workers' rights. He said at the heart of his vision for the economy "are three powerful words: Made in America."

SAG President Ken Howard sits on the AFL-CIO Executive Council where he concentrates on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.

Large Photo: President Obama spoke at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting. Seated (from left): AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker. (Photo: AFL-CIO)

Show Biz History Preservation

Marx Brothers home will be landmark

By Gabriela Resto-Montero
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
UPPER EAST SIDE — Groucho Marx once quipped that he wouldn't want to be a part of any club that would accept him as a member.

If that's the case, then the late comedian would be sure to decline membership to the Carnegie Hill Historic District now that his family's former house at 179 East 93rd Street is one step closer to becoming a part of the protected neighborhood.

The Landmarks Committee of Community Board 8 voted Monday to add both the Marx house and East 93rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues to the district.

Although the street served as the incubator for the comedic genius of Chico, HarpoGrouchoZeppo and Gummo Marx, the board was just as moved to landmark the block by recent developments of condos that have replaced brownstones on the street.

"It's become the poster child for what can happen if a block is not protected," said Terry Slater, a board member.

Since forming in 2008, the East 93rd Street Beautification Association has received the support of Woody Allen and Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx, in its efforts to landmark the block.

Preserving the cultural history of the block where his father grew up is even more urgent now that fewer people are familiar with the work of the Marx Brothers, Bill Marx said.

"I'm beginning to wonder if in five years there will be anyone who remembers who the Marx Brothers are because they all will have died off," Marx said.

Next up in the neighborhood's road to landmark status is the Community Board 8 full board vote on the designation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Auditorium.


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