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WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Our country was founded on the premise of slavery, indentured servitude, child labor and deadly labor practices all in the name of profit. Children perished in an industrial fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Women were beaten, imprisoned and died during the work for Bread and Roses protests. Men, women and children died protesting unsafe coal mining conditions at the Ludlow Massacre. Multitudes of unnamed workers died or were permanently disabled on a daily basis in industrial and construction mishaps. People were paid only the minimum of what the market would bear and not what was required to feed a family.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

What changed all this? The right to organize. Organizing led to striking. Striking built power. Small units of workers became statewide political forces to be reckoned with. And then, those state wide forces became National and International. With organized labor at the policy table, reform happened. Child labor became unlawful and school mandatory. Workplace safety standards changed, slowly at first but then with real momentum. State minimum wage legislation was enacted, Davis Bacon and the Fair Labor Standards Act became the law of the land. And all of this happened for moth union members and all working Americans because organized labor was at the table.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Without unions at the table it would only be a matter of time until workplaces slipped back into deadly history. And that is why, together, we need to work to protect the right to and mechanisms for organizing workers. We are all witness to the attack on American workers, everyone wants more for less and so called Right to Work laws or threatened repeals of the laws that protect workers and their wages are a means to a dangerous end.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Together we can protect all working families whether they are represented by a union or not. Please join us and tell our elected representatives that together we will ensure fair wages, safe workplaces and responsible laws.TAKE THE PLEDGE.