We recently received the following statement from AFL-CIO and wanted to share it with you, as we, your EC, agree wholeheartedly with its message. For those of you who haven’t heard of AFL-CIO, they are the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, a democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions including our parent union, AFT (the American Federation of Teachers).
When we fight for workers’ rights, we fight for civil rights.———–
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the AFL-CIO Convention in December 1961, he said: “Our needs are identical with labor’s need—decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community.”
Today, Black women are leading the fight at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, demanding the same economic justice and racial justice Dr. King talked about. If they win their union, it would give all Amazon workers more power to negotiate for better wages and job security benefits with a corporation that has a long history of mistreating working people.
The civil rights movement and the labor movement will define the future together with our shared struggle against oppression.
Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO