AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes gave a rousing keynote address today at the 41st International Convention in Chicago, telling the assembled delegates that unions help to create a fair economy, not just for their members, but for all Americans:
"Yes, we have endured bumps and bruises along the way, and no doubt there will be more to endure tomorrow, but we all still stand in a better place right now!… The countless families of public service workers are not the only beneficiaries of our work. Our efforts have paved the way for an immeasurable number of non-AFSCME and even non-Union American working-class families, so they too can find a way to a better life and ultimately, move this nation’s economy towards one that thrives…Unions make a difference."
President Saunders just announced from the convention stage that our “50 Thousand Stronger” organizing drive to grow the union this year has not just made us 50,000 stronger — we are 92,155 stronger!
Thousands of AFSCME members from around the country are in Chicago for our 41st International Convention, which officially convenes this morning! The theme is “Bold, Brave and Determined!” Get Convention updates here: http://2014.afscme.org
The electricity that 4,000 AFSCME Convention delegates and alternates will generate in the Windy City this week will light the way for 1.6 million AFSCME sisters and brothers nationwide who are counting on a “bold, brave and determined” direction for the future. Check out some highlights of what’s on the schedule: http://afsc.me/1se4brC
Home care and child care workers will continue to stand up for quality care in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn.
As always, AFSCME members nationwide will remain steadfast and fight for the simple rights and dignity that every working American deserves. A court ruling doesn’t change our obligation as proud union workers and it doesn’t negate our obligation to keep fighting to restore the American middle class.
Please read President Saunders’ full statement here: http://afsc.me/1r78zIn