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In His Speech To The Democratic National Convention’s Labor Council, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Said: “This Election Is About More Than Red And Blue. It’s A Fight For Our Democracy Itself.”

Published Thursday, August 20, 2020
by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
In His Speech To The Democratic National Convention’s Labor Council, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Said: “This Election Is About More Than Red And Blue.  It’s A Fight For Our Democracy Itself.”

In his speech delivered at the 2020 Democratic National Convention Labor Council Meeting, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - the head of the Nation’s Labor Federation whose Union Affiliates combine to represent 12.5 million Public and Private Workers, said: “This election ‘is about more than red and blue.’  ‘It’s a fight for our Democracy itself.’”

“We ‘face a choice’ in this election,” Trumka said. “It’s ‘a choice between more division and decline or rebuilding and reviving the country we love.’  A country ‘built by’ Unions.  A country ‘run by’ Unions.  So I want to ask all of you: ‘Are you ready to fight?’  ‘Are you ready to vote?’ ‘Are you ready to build an America that works for all of us?’   ‘There is no challenge too great.’ ‘No mountain too high.’  ‘No job too hard.’  ‘We are the American Labor Movement and we will not - WE WILL NOT - be denied!’”

Here is Trumka’s speech:

As we convene this meeting of the Labor Council, as we begin four days of a Democratic Convention unlike any other, Working People are counting on us more than ever because Working People are doing more for us than ever.

Right now, in big cities and small towns, Union Members are on the job.

A pandemic is not stopping us from lifting the loads, stocking the shelves and fighting the fires.

From healing the suffering and teaching our children.

And while many of us are joining this meeting and watching this convention from the comfort of our homes, too many Working People are wondering if they will be able to keep their home or make next month’s rent.

They are choosing between groceries and prescriptions.

Millions are out of work through no fault of their own.

As travel halts.

And shows stop.

And our economy grinds to a halt.

These Workers did their job and they did it well, but our President refused to do his.

Donald Trump did not create the Coronavirus, but his utter incompetence, his inaction and his lack of basic compassion have made COVID-19 worse.

Instead of pouring himself into a national response plan, the President is pouring gasoline on the fire!

He downplayed the threat, called it a hoax and ignored the experts.

173 days ago, the President said we would soon have zero Coronavirus cases.

There have been 5.4 million cases and 170,000 deaths.

So what does President Trump have to say about that?

“It is what it is.”

To Continue Reading National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s Speech, Go To: https://aflcio.org/speeches/trumka-dnc-labor-council-our-democracy-stake

 

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