Acknowledging the results of yesterday’s General Election, the officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, issued the following joint statement:
The fight for workers’ rights does not end on Election Day, regardless of the outcome. While last night’s election results did not necessarily reflect the endorsements made by our Federation, we remain dedicated to fighting for the issues that affect working families. The economic anxiety experienced by many working-class Americans needs to be addressed by collective action and organization.
Throughout this election the political themes of creating or bringing back jobs, unfair trade, rebuilding infrastructure, and providing better quality care for children and seniors resonated with America’s working people. To achieve these goals, our work does not end at the ballot box, in fact, that is where it begins. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO pledges to work with elected officials to achieve these goals on issues where we have common ground while holding them accountable to their campaign promises.
We will continue to fight for the protection and advancement of the social and economic condition of workers while exemplifying fairness. Nowhere in society, are workers treated more fairly than when represented by a union agreement; where employers and employees collectively bargain the terms and conditions of employment that provide equal opportunities to workers without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or creed, and are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. We are always stronger when we work together in solidarity.