The Stand

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Collective action ended shutdown

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 28, 2019) — Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Friday, Jan. 25 on President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding the government shutdown:

President Trump didn’t want to end this shutdown — the collective action of working people demanded it. By marching, rallying and protesting together, we forced him to the table and ensured that the labor and dedication of our public servants will not be taken for granted.

However, this fight is far from over. Federal workers urgently need their back pay distributed; in the case of federal contractors, they still need it to be authorized. And both deserve a long-term funding bill — not one that leaves them hanging with just a single guaranteed paycheck.

This is a temporary fix to an extraordinary failure of governance. The president and Congress can expect to continue hearing from us until they do their jobs.

Short URL: https://www.thestand.org/?p=73307

Posted by on Jan 28 2019. Filed under NATIONAL. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

WHAT’S HAPPENING

WASHINGTON IS UNION STRONG!

CHECK OUT THE UNION DIFFERENCE in Washington state: higher wages, affordable health and dental care, job and retirement security.

FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better working conditions and respect on the job. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!

Log in | Designed by Gabfire themes