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The Rochester Labor Council Calls for ‘Country-Wide’ General Strike ‘If’ Trump Steals The Presidential Election

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
by Mike Elk/
The Rochester Labor Council Calls for ‘Country-Wide’ General Strike ‘If’ Trump Steals The Presidential Election

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - The 70,000-Member Rochester AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has become the first regional AFL-CIO body in the United States to call for a General Strike if Republican President Donald Trump does not respect the outcome of this year’s election

“Therefore, now be it resolved that the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO, stands firmly in opposition to any effort to subvert, distort, misrepresent or disregard the final outcome of the 2020 Presidential Elections,” read the passed Labor Council’s resolution (To Read The Resolution, Go To:  

Rochester AFL-CIO President Dan Maloney (pictured above), who in the Fall of 2019 helped lead a six-week-long Strike at General Motors (GM) in Rochester, said the Council hoped the resolution would spark a national conversation. 

“We ‘hope to encourage other Labor Groups and get the discussion started now about possible action strategies if Trump and his supporters do not follow the Constitutional transfer of power,’” Maloney said. “The ‘voice and vote of We the People must be respected.’”

The call for a General Strike comes at a time when high Strike activity levels - a result of the pandemic and the growing energy of the Black Lives Matter Movement, have not been seen since the end of World War II.

According to Payday Report’s Strike Tracker, there have been at least 1,160 strikes since March 1st of this year. 

At the Rochester Labor Council forwarded its resolution to the New York State AFL-CIO and the National AFL-CIO, but the National AFL-CIO did not respond to requests for comments if they plan to strike if Trump doesn’t respect election results.

However, in Rochester, Workers say they are beginning to prepare a Strike that would help push Trump from power.

A General Strike could hurt the bottom line of many large corporations, putting corporate pressure on Trump to leave office. 

“The extreme risk currently posed to the historic institutions of Democracy in our Nation may require more widespread and vigorous resistance than at any time in recent history,” said the Rochester Labor Council in a statement. “The most powerful tool of the Labor Movement in our history has been the power of the General Strike.”

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