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Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement.

Ali Velshi talks with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka about his union’s successes in the 2019 elections, and how his members are viewing the 2020 presidential campaign.

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“I say this to everyone in the media world who I talk to,” says Darren Atkins, wrapping up our phone interview: “Please, absolutely do not portray this as a hidden agenda to get rid of staff.”

The U.S. working class is currently riding a mighty strike wave, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the height of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s union-busting spree.

Longtime AFM member, Daniel Cerveny, loves working as a keyboardist. He also loves working for his local union as its Secretary Treasurer and promoting the benefits of AFM membership. One of his favorite selling points is the Union Plus Credit Card, which he uses regularly, and which offers special benefits for union members.
Longtime Communications Workers (CWA) member, Peg Bissell, owns three homes in a one-block radius for herself and extended family. She’s a believer in unions and what they can do for families, both in the workplace and at home, which is why she turned to the Union Plus Mortgage Program for each of her home purchases over the years.
Donald Trump’s bait and switch with American workers is his greatest fraud of all. While uttering meaningless platitudes about fighting for workers, he is setting back the labor movement in ways that previous administrations could never do.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met Monday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal to hash out labor’s concerns in ongoing discussions over President Donald Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA deal. Trumka also met Tuesday with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and assured members he and House leadership were now on the same page.