We're Not Going Away: Labor Day Message from CWA President Chris Shelton

CWA members are determined to counter the corporations and Wall Street players who have rigged our economy and the political process against working families. We're determined to stop these forces that send our jobs overseas, cut our pay and benefits, disregard safe working conditions, and scheme to block ordinary working people from having a voice on the job and in our democracy.

Joining together, union members can negotiate a better standard of living and a safer workplace. CWA members have accomplished that and more at companies like Verizon, AT&T, United Airlines, American Airlines, Disney/ABC, General Electric, Point Park University, and many others. This is what all working families want.

Our fundamental freedom to join together in a union is under attack. Why? Because unions stand in the way of Wall Street and corporations pitting working people against each other. We're an obstacle, a roadblock to corporate greed. It's no wonder that the super-rich, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, and their political allies expend so much money and energy to stop us.

The attack on working people, on workers in private sector and public sector jobs, is intensifying, but we've faced worse before. Working people have been knocked down and beaten up for standing together for fair wages and working conditions, but we don't quit. Today is no different.

CWA members know only too well what it would mean to live in the union-free society that corporate America has been dreaming of for decades. We know what it would mean to go to work every day, with no union voice and no rights on the job, with every employee subject to arbitrary wage cuts, firing for no reason, bias, discrimination, and mistreatment at any time, and dangerous working conditions.

We know the value of a strong CWA, and our goal is to make sure that every co-worker at every workplace knows it too.

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