Sad to hear today that Senator Edward Kennedy has died.
His life was obviously not without its controversies but he was a great friend to the US Labor movement and was most recently a staunch advocate of the Employee Free Choice Act. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at pro-EFCA rally in Washington DC in December 2006.
Perhaps the highpoint of his career came, ironically, in a moment of defeat – his failed attempt to secure the Democratic Party Presidential nomination in 1980. His concession speech to that years convention is one of the best speeches that I’ve ever heard and touches on issues – the economy, unemployment and the environment – that are obviously just as relevant today as they were then. You can hear the speech here.