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AFSCME Wants Your Help Getting the Word Out That ‘Unions Work’

  -  former AFM International Secretary-Treasurer

The smart people at AFSCME have done the research. They’ve seen the numbers and the evidence. It’s very clear: unions work. Pretty much everyone benefits when workers have a strong voice and can actively participate in collective bargaining. Now AFSCME wants your help. They’ve created the tools to help spread this message far and wide. Can you help do that?

Unions Work (www.unionswork.us) is the new website AFSCME created to help you spread the word. It’s filled with  easy-to-understand graphics that make it clear that, when unions are strong, the economy and the middle class do better and working families take home more money, even if they aren’t union members themselves. Here’s how AFSCME President Lee Saunders describes Unions Work:

“Strong unions level the playing field and help create an economy that works for everyone. It’s true. The data is overwhelming: When unions are strong, our nation’s wealth is distributed more equally. And when union membership goes down, so does the middle class. This is what our new website, Unions Work, is all about. And it’s a message that we need to spread far and wide: To reduce income inequality we need to speak up and fight back against anti-worker and anti-union attacks. Unions are one of our only counterbalances to big corporations and the super rich who tilt the playing field in their favor so that they can hoard more and more of our nation’s wealth. If you believe unions are important for a fair economy, then please go to www.unionswork.us. There you can show your support and help spread the word. 

“Nationwide, deep-pocketed, anti-worker forces are systematically targeting unions. They know full well that if they can eliminate collective bargaining, it’s game over—and they’ve won. Economic mobility and opportunity for all—done. The middle class—a thing of the past. The American Dream—now a nightmare. That’s why it’s so important that people understand that attacks on unions are attacks on them, whether or not they belong to a union. Go to www.unionswork.us to sign the petition and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter about how unions work for all of us.”

Pretty important, right? It only takes a few seconds to go to Unions Work, share the graphics, and sign up for future updates so you’ll know when important information is available to be shared. We’ll all benefit if you do!

Adapted from the http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Training/AFSCME-Wants-Your-Help-Getting-the-Word-Out-That-Unions-Work, by Kenneth Quinnell. 







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