Labor leaders and workers from all sectors of our economy came together in Madison for a labor roundtable with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, WI AFL-CIO Officers Phil Neuenfeldt and Stephanie Bloomingdale and South Central Federation of Labor President Kevin Gundlach.
Attendees discussed a wide-range of topics important to working people including raising wages, strengthening union rights, lowering student loan debt, investing in our infrastructure, stopping bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, protecting our U.S. Postal Service, strengthening Social Security, fully funding the VA and helping veterans get good jobs and winning for workers in 2016 elections.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin highlighted the need to stop good jobs from going overseas and helping American worker get ahead.
“I am ready to stand up for workers, small businesses and all Americans. I am fighting every day for the voices of every working person, for their right to collectively bargain together with their fellow workers for better wages, benefits and safer workplaces.”
Senator Baldwin made it clear she will stand up for jobs by stopping the TPP. “I am voting against the TPP. There are no ands, if, ors or buts, about it.”
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined the roundtable to help launch Labor 2016 to continue to engage union members in politics and elections at all levels of government. Secretary-Treasurer Shuler stressed that is vital for every union member to join together and get involved in the 2016 elections.
“The labor movement is the last institution left standing that can mobilize people to fight back. That is why we are under attacks, because we are fighting for workers voices and we deliver. Do we want the special interests to continue to write the rules? We are going to come together as a labor movement, and broader community movement to get the facts out there, set the record straight and be the truth squad. If we all do our part and we all come together we are a powerful force.”
Labor walks and phone banks for the 2016 election will be kicking off shortly. Contact your local Service Area Organizer to volunteer and get involved today!