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National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler To Government, Business, Judicial Leaders: “Give Workers A Seat At The Table”

Published Friday, August 5, 2022
by Labor Story Link To The National AFL-CIO News Site
National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler To Government, Business, Judicial Leaders: “Give Workers A Seat At The Table”

National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler delivered the following remarks as prepared at the Big Sky Labor & Employment Conference:

It’s great to be here in Big Sky, and I want to thank our hosts for inviting me to join all of you and for giving me the opportunity to open up this conference on Labor and employment with a message from the more than 12 million Working People who are Members of the AFL-CIO. 

I have the incredible privilege of representing the Nurses in emergency rooms who helped our loved ones battle COVID… the Meatpackers who make sure there is food on the shelves when we go to the grocery store…the Tradespeople who are - at this very minute - rebuilding our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure… and even your favorite NFL and Women’s Soccer Players. 

Our Labor Movement spans industries and sectors, regions and states.

Union Members are found from coast to coast.

And wherever you find them, you’ll find the people powering our Nation’s economy. 

But you won’t often find Working People at events like this. 

Powerful people talk about us a lot - but it’s not often they talk WITH us.

It’s time for that to change.

And I believe every single one of you already knows that. 

You know that because you’re seeing the same trends I’m seeing.

When you look across the country, turn on the news, open Twitter... it’s the same story every day: Working People are fed up.

We’re fed up with working harder, being more productive and watching other people take the fruits of our labor.

With being called essential one day and expendable the next, but most of all we are fed up with being told to be quiet, get with the program, and it will all be alright.  

But it’s not alright.  

Not by a long shot. 

To Continue Reading National AFL-CIO President Schuler’s Speech, Go To: https://aflcio.org/speeches/shuler-government-business-judicial-leaders-give-workers-seat-table

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