State federations of the AFL-CIO react to the 2016 election. Here are some highlights:
Workers want fairness in the workplace, in our trade policies and in our elected officials. Labor remains the last line of the defense for workers to achieve that fairness, and that fight does not end at the ballot box. Candidates from all parties promised they would help working families during this election cycle. The Florida AFL-CIO looks forward to working with all elected officials from any party to make that happen and will continue to hold them accountable when they don’t.
Nevada State AFL-CIO:
Nevada's working families made history. We successfully completed the largest election field program that Nevada labor has ever attempted. With more than half a million door knocks, we helped to elect our nation’s first Latina senator and our state’s first Latino congressman. We will send a pro-working family representative to Congress in CD-3, as well as send pro-worker majorities to both chambers of the Nevada Legislature in 2017.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO:
We congratulate Secretary Clinton on a hard-fought campaign and thank her for an unwavering commitment to the people of this nation. Her contributions as an activist, elected official and role model for women have undoubtedly changed our nation for the better and inspired generations of Americans to realize their dreams. Despite falling short in our goal to elect Secretary Clinton, we cannot relent in our fight to advance workers’ rights, civil rights and women’s rights, as well as invest in our future and achieve an economy that works for all.
North Carolina State AFL-CIO:
We congratulate Roy Cooper on winning a tough election. Governor-elect Cooper will give North Carolina fresh leadership in difficult times, and we look forward to working with him to build a better future for working people.
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.
In light of the looming sea change in the federal government, the Texas AFL-CIO lays down this marker: You can be damn sure the Texas union movement will continue to fight for the rights of working people. But in these times, that is not enough. We will keep building a broader, bolder, more inclusive labor movement that respects all workers. We will fight alongside allies to protect workers who are immigrants, religious minorities, women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ members whenever they come under attack.