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Labor Chief: Unions to Push on Wages in 2016 Campaign

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Photo: Courtesy of AFL-CIO

 Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation’s top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.
“That’s the stick we’ll use to measure every candidate,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
The nation’s largest association of workers is meeting in Atlanta this week to work on its strategy for the upcoming campaign. The leader of the 12.5-million member organization said higher wages can be a “unifying progressive value,” but acknowledged unions are struggling to connect with voters skeptical of the benefits of organized labor.
As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential contender who curtailed bargaining rights for public employees in his state.
Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.
“Elections have consequences,” Trumka said. “The economy is nothing but a set of rules that make the winners and losers. Those rules are made by the people we elect. We should elect people who change the rules.”
by Bill Barrow Associated Press.
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