AFSCME Says Organizing is Answer to Attacks

Monday, July 21, 2014

AFSCME Says Organizing is Answer to Attacks(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

Despite all the attacks on public sector workers this year, AFSCME nearly doubled its goal of helping 50,000 people join the union, with more than 90,000 workers choosing AFSCME so far in 2014, AFSCME President Lee Saunders announced at the union’s international convention in Chicago on July 14. More than 20,000 of the new members are home care workers, who were recently the target of the troubling Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn. “Today, we are 92,155 members stronger, with new members from EMTs to home care workers, and we will continue our fight for the middle class and the future of this country,” Saunders said. “Our opponents want to deplete the labor movement of resources, steal our power and silence our voices. They are even undercutting the most fundamental right we have as Americans: the right to vote. Yet, no matter the challenges that face us, the answer remains the same: Organize. Organize. Organize...” Thousands of convention delegates took to the city’s streets last Wednesday to support Chicago cab drivers who are organizing with AFSCME. “This year's convention sizzled with the spirit of solidarity,” said convention delegate Saul Schniderman (AFSCME Council 26). “It's good to come together with union brothers and sisters and renew your commitment to the labor movement." Click here for the AFSCME convention blog. photo by Tessa Berg/AFSCME


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