“The Middle Class Is Hollowed Out And Harder Than Ever To Break Into. We Need A Modern Labor Movement That Brings Good Jobs” - Labor Perspective From Liz Shuler, President Of The 56 Union, 12.5 Million-Member National AFL-CIO
Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently, I spotted the Ramp Workers on the tarmac, busily unloading bags and doing safety checks on the plane in 115 degree heat.
Most passengers were anxious to deplane, ready to head to baggage claim, not giving a second thought to the work happening all around them to make their journey happen.
Working People are re-evaluating pre-COVID employment and refusing to accept a substandard job.
As a result, wages are rising, schedules are more human and benefits are increasing.
Millions of new jobs for Working People, mostly Unionized, will result from the $3.5 trillion budget blueprint moving through Congress.
The latest Gallup Poll found that 68% of Americans - and 77% of people age 18-to-34 - have a positive opinion of Unions.
And the devastating pandemic taught America that without Nurses, First Responders, Teachers, Grocery Clerks, Truck Drivers, Postal Workers and Essential Heroes, we’d be utterly nowhere.
These positive developments are not sufficient to right our economic ship.
For decades, our economy has undermined Working People.
Income inequality remains at an all-time high.
The Middle Class is hollowed out and harder than ever to break into.
This economic system, neither sustainable nor fair, creates instability and threatens Democracy.
Whether out of self-interest, moral outrage, or both, it is in no one’s interest for this slide to continue.
Welcome, then, a modern Labor Movement.
A modern Labor Movement begins by putting good jobs and Working People at the center of our national conversation - back where it used to be, when work was respected culturally and rewarded economically.
It focuses on creating and protecting good, predictable, desirable Union jobs that sustain a Middle-Class life.
A modern Labor Movement prioritizes inclusivity, reflecting the radically diversifying and talented work forces made up of Women, People of Color, Immigrants, LGTBQ people and other historically marginalized groups.
It dismantles systemic racism, structural barriers and other fatal flaws in our economy and society, wherever they exist.
A modern Labor Movement embraces innovation, experimentation and change at pace with a modern economy.
It ensures Working People have a say in the development and deployment of new technology -such as AI, machine learning and advanced manufacturing that will drive future growth.
A modern Labor Movement both organizes at the local level to expand Union Membership and advocates for legislation in Washington D.C., including securing voting rights, rebuilding our infrastructure and fixing our broken Labor Laws through the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, essential for protecting Workers’ right to organize.
Finally, a modern Labor Movement delivers results.
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