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Friday, January 23, 2015

AFSCME Defies Odds in Organizing; Unions Needed Now More Than Ever

Washington, D.C. — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the Labor Department’s release of 2014 union membership statistics:

“At a time when too many Americans are struggling just to make ends meet, the Labor Department’s report reminds us today that we need to make it easier for working people to join together, form a union and negotiate for better wages and benefits.

“In the face of unprecedented challenges, AFSCME is organizing record numbers of public service workers. In 2014, more than 131,000 public workers joined AFSCME to have a voice on the job and fight for the vital public services our communities rely on.

“In the coming months, we know the anti-union politicians elected last November will continue their attacks on working people. They want a fast food economy in the public sector, but AFSCME is ready to fight back. We believe Americans who work hard and play by the rules deserve to be able to pay their bills, put food on the table, send their children to college and retire with dignity.”

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