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President Saunders: ‘We Won’t Back Down’

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In an interview with the New York Times published on Saturday, newly elected Pres. Lee Saunders reaffirmed the chorus he used throughout AFSCME’s 40th International Convention: “We won’t back down.”

On legislative battles, Saunders said, “We must hold politicians of all political stripes accountable. We don’t work for any political party. We work for justice and fairness in the workplace. If someone turns on us, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, we will take you on and take you out.”

On pensions: “Our members are being hurt all across the country. We don’t have all the answers, but we want to help come up with solutions.”

On collective bargaining: “When we enter into bargaining, our people understand that they don’t want to tear apart the community. They’re part of the community. But we don’t want things shoved down our throats. We don’t want the collective bargaining process ignored.”

On re-electing Pres. Barack Obama in November: “We’re going to work like hell for his campaign.”

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