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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses why America needs a strong labor movement and how the Biden administration is committed to strengthening unions.

Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.
Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

Brothers and Sisters,
Last week the North Dakota Legislature was ramping up its efforts, and things don’t look good for working people across our state. A variety of bills are coming forward. Some threaten the rights of workers and their ability to collectively bargain, while others promise to help poor and working North Dakotans. Sadly we have only a limited ability to fight the former and promote the latter, but we will throw everything we have into the fight.

In addition to the North Dakota AFL-CIO Labor 2016 Endorsements, some great non-partisan voter guides have been prepared by trustworthy and respected organizations.

Voters may find the North Dakota League of Women Voters 2016 Voter Guide to be helpful in understanding the many measures that voters will see on their ballots this November.

North Dakota United Steelworker local 560 (USW 560) continutes to put pressure on Congress to stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership collected over 1100 petitions asking congress to stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP) a trade deal with 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim. The TPP is expected to have disasterous results for working people here and abroad if passed during the upcoming lame-duck congress.

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

“Women are more activist than men,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, “and understand that Clinton supports collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and paid time off for illness and family care.” This year the AFL-CIO is targeting women as an individual voting group for the first time in a presidential race. Earlier this month 15,000 women, three times as many as expected, joined a conference call Shuler led to discuss strategies for convincing coworkers and relatives to vote for Clinton. 

Brothers and Sisters,

As November approaches and the election is just around the corner, I want to remark on the importance of taking part in the Labor 2016 political program. With a constant media focus on the national battle for the Presidency of the United States, it’s easy to fall into the idea that the election for the President is the only election that counts.

It’s not. Not even close.

One night at his UPS job, Tefere Gebre's co-worker handed him some union material. 

“He told me that I’d get health care and vacation and other benefits by filling it out. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ I thought, ‘Hmm. Everyone should have that.’”

Tefere, the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, has been a proud union member for most of his life, valuing the freedom of people to come together in union.