For Immediate Release
Gonzalo Salvador (202) 637-5018
AFL-CIO Stands with Brazilian Workers and their Defense of Democracy
Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Brazilian labor organizations’ support for share prosperity, stability and democracy
The AFL-CIO vehemently rejects the effort to invalidate the progressive policies and achievements designed to build inclusive democracy in Brazil. We firmly support the democratic, pro-worker programs for social justice that have been pursued and administered with professionalism and success, lifting over 40 million people out of poverty.
The most representative labor organizations in Brazil have long supported democracy and the rule of law, while calling for political reforms to eliminate practices that have made corruption endemic there. Many of those now leading the call for impeachment have long blocked such reform and profited from corruption.
While there are many valid criticisms and frustrations with Brazilian politics and the current state of the country’s economy, these do not justify the impeachment of a democratically elected president.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers-and more.