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Saturday, February 25, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on DNC Vote


AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on Sec. Tom Perez being elected as Chair of the Democratic Party:

“I congratulate Keith Ellison on running an excellent campaign. Because of the fresh perspective and real ideas about the future of the party he brought to this race, he will be a true asset to the party as Deputy Chair. I am glad that Keith will also continue to be an outspoken advocate for working people and progressive values in the House of Representatives.

“We are at a unique moment in history. The heart and soul of our democracy are on the line — from voting rights to civil rights to workers’ rights. Meanwhile, you can look outside your window on any given weekend and see that grassroots energy and engagement are at an all time high. As a party, we do not have a moment to lose. The Democratic Party must present a bold vision that lifts up working people from all walks of life, and pursue strategies that turn that vision into reality.

“Tom Perez is a tenacious champion for all working families. As DNC Chair, I know he will bring the same passion for economic and social justice that made him such a remarkably effective Labor Secretary, and I am confident that the entire Democratic Party will move forward together in unity.”

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