America’s labor movement is focused on growth because, from Texas to North Carolina, Boston to Los Angeles, working people want to raise pay and rein in America’s raging inequality.
It won’t be easy. There is no playbook on how to win, but the AFL-CIO is creating a culture of solidarity and honest effort.
“Deep pockets can’t overcome our deep passion for a fairer and more just nation….I say, bring it on!” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as the crowd roared in response.
“I’ve had my own failures,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, as she inspired the crowd with her candor. “But that’s OK….We need to do that more: Try things, take risks and not be afraid to fail.”
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre reaffirmed the federation’s commitment to all workers. “From the refugee who sorts trash to the immigrant housekeeper, from the white man working harder for less to the black woman still earning only 67 cents on the dollar, we must be the movement for all of America!”