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2019 Strike Numbers Represent a Sea Change in America

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 425,500 workers were involved in major work stoppages that began in 2019, the highest since 2001:  

In 2019, nearly half a million workers sacrificed the comforts of today for the progress of tomorrow. These strike statistics represent nothing less than a sea change in America. Working people—completely fed up with an economic and political system that does not work for us—are turning to each other and using every tool at our disposal to win a better deal. Because of the courage of every worker who said enough is enough, we all stand on a stronger foundation today. Solidarity works. And we’re just getting started.

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