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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on the White House Summit on Worker Voice

"It was heartening to hear many panelists today talking about the essential role that unions and collective bargaining play in fixing an economy that is badly out of balance and improving incomes for all working people."

Washington, D.C. — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the White House Summit on Worker Voice and the importance of collective bargaining:

“It was heartening to hear many panelists today talking about the essential role that unions and collective bargaining play in fixing an economy that is badly out of balance and improving incomes for all working people.

Throughout the history of America, we see incontrovertible evidence that when unions are strong, all workers’ wages are higher and more families are part of a secure and thriving middle class. These gains for working families were not achieved through petitions, or asking the boss nicely. Without the ability to come together through a union to speak up for each other and bargain collectively with their employers, working people never truly have a voice and working families never truly build power.

We can once again value hard work over corporate profits and CEO bonuses if we act to change the rules to protect the interests of working families, not just the wealthy and well connected.

Unions are the last, meaningful voice for working people in this country, and without collective bargaining, working people will never truly have a voice on the job.”

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