Looking to the Future This Presidents Day

by Olivia Sandbothe  |  February 15, 2016

Looking to the Future This Presidents Day AFSCME members cheer for Hillary Clinton at a debate watch party. Photographer: Mark Davitt

Millions of Americans have the day off today for Presidents Day. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on the historic figures who made our nation what it is today. But in an election year, it’s also a reminder that our decisions at the ballot box will determine where we go in the future. That’s a serious responsibility, especially in a time when so much is at stake for working families.

This November we must decide if we want to protect the American Dream — or help wealthy CEOs and corporations continue to profit at the expense of working families. The next President will be called to approve bills that would impact wages and leave policy, funding for critical social services, and investments in infrastructure and education.  The next President will likely need to appoint several justices to the Supreme Court. When so many working families are hanging on by a thread, and when right-wing groups are attacking unions in the courts, it is absolutely critical that we have an ally in the oval office.

After consulting with members across the nation, AFSCME has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Clinton has a long and proven record of fighting for the things that matter to ordinary Americans.

“We should be making it easier for working people to organize and negotiate, not harder. In the Senate, I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would enable working people to freely form, join, or assist labor organizations,” Clinton said in an online post. “As president, I will stand shoulder to shoulder with unions to fend off any attacks and help build a labor movement for the 21st century.”

While we enjoy this long weekend, let’s remember that it took a lot of leadership — from our predecessors in the labor movement as well as our elected officials — to get us where we are today. It’s up to all of us to carry on that legacy.

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