“A World of Radical Inequality Doesn’t Work”


“A world of radical inequality doesn’t work.”

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Actually, these woes continue for 99 percent of Americans, not just the middle class and below. Things are amazingly great for 1 percent of Americans. And that is the problem. In a nutshell: Economic inequality is dividing America into a nation of a very few haves but largely consisting of have-nots.

“A world run by and for the 1 percent is not just wrong it doesn’t work.”
— Trumka

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The AFL-CIO discussed and passed a series of resolutions designed to change the way labor has been addressing these problems. These resolutions are sending the AFL-CIO along a path of broadening their efforts to fight this inequality and represent all people who work instead of just members of certified unions.

First up, a resolution calls for “a major legislative campaign to reform federal and state labor laws to expand collective bargaining rights for all workers.” Resolution 1: Enacting Labor Laws That Address the Needs of All Workers in the United State

Another example of the effort to address the problems of inequality is the problems people have when they are not represented by unions. For example, if an organizing effort doesn’t pass, what about the up-to-49 percent who voted to have a union? What about workers in jobs that the law says are not eligible for collective bargaining?

Resolution 5: A Broad, Inclusive and Effective Labor Movement resolves to open up the labor movement to working people who are for one reason or another not able to be represented by a union.

The popular majority, of which union members are a key part, is fragmented in the face of global corporations and the 1 percent that controls a vast and increasing amount of wealth and threatens to seize control of our democracy.

The labor movement must be broad and inclusive. The labor movement cannot be confined within bargaining units defined by government agencies or limited to workplaces where a majority of employees votes “Yes” in the face of a ruthless campaign by their employer to deny them representation. The labor movement consists of all workers who want to take collective action to improve wages, hours and working conditions. Our unions must be open to all workers who want to join with us.

To accomplish this labor is going to take several steps, including developing several new pathways for workers to join the labor movement. These paths will include “affiliate unions,” “worker centers” and the AFL-CIO’s affiliate Working America

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