For Immediate Release
Anthony DeAngelo: (202) 637-5018
In 24 Hours FairPoint, Walmart and Steelworkers Show Collective Action Makes a Difference
AFL-CIO Communications Director Eric Hauser issued the following statement in light of recent worker victories:
“What a difference a day makes. In the past 24 hours, Walmart workers got a raise, IBEW and CWA workers settled their strike with FairPoint, and United Steelworkers made safety at oil refinery plants a national issue. One 24 hour period shows how much progress can be made when workers come together to speak with one voice.
Collective action must be at the heart of the growing discussion about raising wages. Only when workers pool their power can they make progress that benefits not just union members but all workers and entire communities.
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