Working people in America will no longer accept economic rules written of, by and for the wealthiest few.  We refuse to accept the reality of struggling to make ends meet in the richest country in the world at its richest point in history. We can do better. We must do better. And so we demand rights that ensure we are able, through ourwork, to lead better lives.

Working people demand the right to come home safely at the end of the day. We demand the right to be paid enough to support ourselves and our families. We demand the right to quality health care, paid time off to spend with family, a schedule that is flexible and fair, and protection from discrimination. Finally, after decades of
hard work, we demand the right to retire with dignity and security.

We demand a comprehensive Workers’ Bill of Rights.  Standing together in unions and working with all who share our values, we will make this bill of rights a reality for all working people.

All working people have the right to:

A Good Job with Fair Wages: Everyone who wants to work has the right to a good job where we earn a fair return on our work and receive a wage that allows us to support ourselves and our families.

Quality Health Care: regardless of income, job or a preexisting condition.

A Safe Job: free from harassment and violence.

Paid Time Off and Flexible, Predictable Scheduling: to spend time with family or care for ourselves or a loved one.

Freedom from Discrimination: in hiring, firing and promotions.

Retire with Dignity: and financial security. Education: public K-12, higher education and career training that advances our knowledge and skills without leaving us in debt.

Freedom to Join Together: with our co-workers for better wages and working conditions, whether we are in a union or not.

A Voice in Democracy: to freely exercise our democratic voice through voting and civic participation so that we can make sure our government stands up for this Workers’ Bill of Rights

 

AFL-CIO 2017 CONVENTION • ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

Missouri Win, a Historic Victory for All Working People

August 7, 2018

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the defeat of Missouri’s Prop. A:

Missouri is the latest sign of a true groundswell, and working people are just getting started. The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country. The message sent by every single person who worked to defeat Prop. A is clear: When we see an opportunity to use our political voice to give workers a more level playing field, we will seize it with overwhelming passion and determination. Tonight is the latest act of working people changing a rigged system that for decades has been favoring corporations, the mega wealthy and the privileged few.

The victory in Missouri follows a national wave of inspiring activism that is leading to life-changing collective bargaining agreements and electoral triumphs that remind America the path to power runs through the labor movement. From statehouses and city councils to the halls of Congress, working people are fighting back; and this November, we will elect our allies and retire our enemies. Working people across Missouri made this transformational moment possible, and we are following their lead to changing the world.

Statement from Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis
on the Defeat of Missouri’s Prop. A

Working people made our voices heard at the ballot box today and overturned “right to work.” It’s a truly historic moment. Thousands of hardworking men and women in Missouri talked to their neighbors, friends and co-workers. We owe them this victory. Together, we knocked on more than 800,000 doors, made more than 1 million phone calls and talked to working people on more than 1,000 different job sites across the state. Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we’re getting back to work. We’re going to take this energy and momentum and build more power for working people in Missouri.