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Pelosi to address steelworkers union in Las Vegas today

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, center, accompanied by fellow House Democrats, leads a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will speak in Las Vegas this afternoon as part of a United Steelworkers convention that ends Wednesday.

Pelosi will address 2,500 union members, who are gathering in town this week to discuss the role of organized labor in a global economy, at around 2:30 p.m. President Barack Obama will address the convention remotely, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will speak in person at the convention later this week.

Pelosi spoke at a United Steelworkers rally in February and hit on the touchstones of the Democratic Party’s agenda: minimum wage, income inequality and green technology.

"American workers are the most productive in the world — and wages stagnant," she said then. "Corporate pay is going like that — a right angle going in the wrong direction — and the disparity is 350 times or 400 times, instead of 40 times, CEO to worker. How could anybody think that that is OK?"

The convention is at the MGM Grand.

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