The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and the entire Labor movement will continue fighting to protect and advance workers’ rights and their social and economic conditions in the year ahead. We know that there is no place where workers are treated better or more fairly, than when they are represented by a Union and have the ability to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of their employment.
We believe in the power of Solidarity, and that when workers stand together, they win together. But in order to fully exercise that power, union members need to get involved and stay involved in their union’s activities and their communities. Our voices have an incredible impact when we speak as one.
Moving forward, we must educate, engage and empower our brothers and sisters in the workplace, in their neighborhoods and in their union hall. When we talk with our family and friends about the issues that matter most to us, like what it really means to treat working people with respect and dignity on the job and in our society, they will listen to us. When we remind young workers about the hard-fought-for victories the labor movement produced for the working and middle classes, they will listen, because they too want change and a brighter future. When we listen to our fellow union members, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, orientation, or creed, they know that we hear them and will fight for them too, no matter what.
The conversations we have with our brothers and sisters are the sounds of Solidarity. We know how to show our support for one another on a picket line, and how to promote our fellow Union members by buying Union-made products, but we have to do more. When we think about making resolutions for the New Year, let’s think about what each of us can do to make 2017, better and brighter for our brothers and sisters.