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Labor happily sings blues

Coalition sponsors B.B. King Blues Festival

The Communications Workers of America and Jobs With Justice, a national labor coalition, are sponsoring a national concert tour — the B.B. King Blues Festival — to promote local union campaigns for workers’ rights.

The 11-city tour kicks off in Los Angeles today at the Universal Amphitheater. In addition to King, the gig features guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tower of Power and Native American blues band Indigenous.

CWA — the largest telecommunications union in North America, representing 630,000 employees — hooked up for the concert series with Jobs With Justice, a group of unions and civil rights, religious and student orgs.

Aim is to reach out “to educate and engage the larger community about issues of workers’ rights and justice in the workplace,” according to a statement from the two groups.

After L.A., the tour moves to Portland, Ore., Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Dallas.

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