Monday, September 4, 2017


de:Larry Cohen, Our
para:Paulo Augusto Lacaz <>
data:4 de setembro de 2017 11:46
assunto:Labor for the political revolution

Our Revolution

Paulo Augusto,

As we enjoy an extended Labor Day weekend with friends and family, it is important to reflect on the meaning of this holiday and what it represents for the future of our country and the political revolution we are building. 

This particular Labor Day marks the continuation of the assault on workers rights at the state and federal levels. The new members of the National Labor Relations Board now constitute a majority that rejects in principle the preamble of the 80-year-old statue: 

"promote collective bargaining rights." And at the state level, led by right wing think tanks concluding their meeting this very week end, the assault continues on the rights of public workers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has led the way in opposing the policies of the corporate establishment that have favored tax breaks to the detriment of the employees that built those companies. Trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and permanent normal trade relations with China have hollowed out our middle class and shipped millions of jobs away from American manufacturing while degrading our environment. 

While Bernie and others fight the good fight in Congress, they cannot fix these issues without a mass movement of working class Americans-- Black, Brown, and White.

NAFTA alone has cost our economy approximately one million jobs and lowered living standards for workers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is a time we reverse the loss of jobs and re-center workers in the negotiation of our trade agreements.

The labor movement has brought Americans improved living standards including forty hour work weeks, the minimum wage and for those with bargaining rights much more. These conditions are under attack every day. Today we are fighting for fifteen bucks and a union, the right of all people to have health care and to earn decent wages without fearing one’s job being shipped overseas.

Donald Trump has promised to renegotiate NAFTA to favor American workers, but his bluster and bombast have not been matched by his actions. His administration is populated by Wall Street executives and corporate leaders that have repeatedly turned their backs on the working people who built this country.

Radical change will not come from the powers that be. In the spirit of Labor Day and the movement that brought it into being, let’s show our country that the grassroots and everyday American workers deserve better.

I am proud that Our Revolution members and our partners already have more than 100,000 petition signers. 

Together, we can release our economy from the grip of the oligarchy and ensure prosperity for all.

 Thank you for doing your part.

In Solidarity,

Larry Cohen
Board Chairman
Our Revolution
Past President Communications Workers of America

603 2ND ST, NE

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