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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks at a press conference unveiling the labor proposals in Congressional Democrats’ “Better Deal” platform.

Last week, the AFL-CIO held our convention in St. Louis. We listened to working people and came together around a bold agenda that will improve the lives of all working families.

And today, we’re here to talk about how the Democrats have also listened and responded with a true workers’ rights agenda as part of the “Better Deal.”

I want to thank Leader Schumer and Leader Pelosi and everyone up here today with us. These are true champions of working people at a time when too many politicians have lost their way. We see their leadership every day, and it has led to these very important proposals.

I’m proud to stand with them as the Democratic Party embraces strengthening unions and expanding collective bargaining as a core value and necessary element of a fair and growing economy and a strong democracy.

In the labor movement, we’re ready to take on the challenges of our time and we’re building the unified and diverse movement to do it. We’re devoting more resources to organizing and building new alliances. We’re leading with our issues and engaging working people at every level, every day.

But we also know that the law is going to have to change so there’s a level playing field to do it. I can tell you countless stories about how our current labor law has completely failed working people. How employers see taking away rights from workers as simply a cost of them doing business. And how there is a coordinated, well-funded attack on the freedoms of working people from the state level to the Supreme Court.

Changing the rigged rules of our economy by uniting behind the labor proposals in the “Better Deal” is the right step forward. Not only for the labor movement, but for the Democratic Party, for our country and for our economy.

To be perfectly honest, Democrats in the past in some ways have lost their connection with working people and our communities who have made up their base for generations. But each time one of these policies pass that bond will become stronger and stronger.

And that’s why today’s set of proposals have to be more than just proposals. Improving the lives of working families has to be the fundamental basis for which Democrats fight. I’m confident the Democratic leaders here today will do just that and we’re ready to do our part to make real policy change.

On behalf of working people everywhere, I want to say to the leaders here thank you for listening. Thank you for responding. And thank you in advance for waging the battle to make workers’ lives better in the future.

Video of Trumka with Senate Dems.

CWA Makes Our Voice Heard at AFL-CIO Convention

<>October 26, 2017

The AFL-CIO Convention this week focused on how working people can "join together, fight together, and win together." In resolutions, workshops, and actions, delegates looked at how unions are standing up to Wall Street and powerful corporate interests, building new partnerships, standing up to hate, and much more.
CWA President Chris Shelton outlined our union's successful strike and fight at Verizon that resulted in real gains for working people. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka introduced Shelton as a "hardcore trade unionist who knows how to take risks and knows how to win."
In separate remarks, Shelton highlighted the work by CWA, the AFL-CIO, and other unions and a broad coalition that stopped the Trans-Pacific Partnership; talked about our fight to Take on Wall Street, and spoke about the need to expand labor's work in the global economy. (read more)

Secure, Sustainable Jobs

Our #1 Priorty: Jobs

CWA, our number one priority is jobs – standing up for our members and creating good jobs for all. Americans want good quality jobs that provide for them and their family.  The time is now for each of us to take strong action to help restore job security and opportunity and to reaffirm the American dream.

One of the biggest threats to American working families is the continued outsourcing of our good paying jobs. Shipping jobs overseas has become just another corporate business decision without regard for the impact on workers and communities across our country.  CWA is fighting back, and holding legislators accountable in their promises to stand up for American families by fighting for fair trade agreements, creating incentives to companies for domestic production, and investing in the critical jobs important for our future – in the green economy and telecommunications infrastructure.

We must support companies that have good business practices, creating jobs here in the United States, and Members of Congress that support policies that encourage such business practices.  CWA remains committed to fighting in Washington DC for policies that create more job opportunities for our members, protect the jobs that we have, and ensure those jobs are high quality.  Middle class Americans deserve a chance to provide a stable future for them and their families.

Here are some of the legislative initiatives we are fighting for:

  • Call Center Legislation: Call center and telecommunications workers make up a large number of brothers and sisters in our union, and standing up for these folks has been one of CWA’s top concerns. Working together across the nation, we are urging Congress to introduce specific initiatives that help keep call center jobs in this country. 
  • Reverse Morris Trust: CWA is working to take down this Wall Street-created tax loophole, which is not beneficial to employees, communities, or consumers.
  • Broadband Build Out: We must bring America into the digital age, because communities all over the nation need broadband to survive CWA is building a new economy and this is where it starts. Help make our dream of a truly connected world - where nobody gets left behind - a reality.

South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Labor Fest at Union Park
A good time was had by all...

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