It’s day 20 of the government shutdown, and the AFL-CIO has called upon the entire labor movement to fight for our affected brothers and sisters.
Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on "Morning Joe" talking about the shutdown:
On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO asked the leadership of the general board and state federations and central labor councils to marshal our resources and use our collective power to end the shutdown.
As Trumka said, this shutdown is a direct attack on our unions. “These are the moments this federation was created for. When you mess with one of us, you have to deal with all of us: 12.5 million working people and 55 unions strong.”
Together, we’re working at every level to make our voices heard, including:
Rallying today at the AFL-CIO headquarters.
Blitzing targeted senators with calls from both members and leaders.
Bringing a delegation of workers to meet with senators to demand an end to the shutdown.
Publicly shaming a senator if they refuse to meet with workers.
Activating our network of labor liaisons and community partners like the United Way to respond to requests from impacted workers.
Our simple ask to our senators: Pass the House bills and open the government.
AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. was interviewed on the latest edition of the “State of the Unions” podcast about the effects of the government shutdown and reminded us that “the average take home pay of our members is around $500 a week....They live paycheck to paycheck. And missing one paycheck—and particularly a paycheck that could have overtime on it—creates devastating effects.”
“We’re being held hostage for political purposes and that just needs to stop,” he declared.
Check out the full episode here.