13 Dec Alabama fights for workers
Alabama’s labor movement built the largest labor political program in the state’s history to propel Doug Jones to victory, because we believe he will fight for working families in the U.S. Senate.
“I am so proud of every person who volunteered and worked tirelessly to make this the biggest, most successful political program in the history of our great state,” said Alabama AFL-CIO President and USW 12L member Bren Riley. “Together with the support of so many unions, we turned out union members and households to drive home an incredible win for Alabama’s working families.”
Message of the Day—Alabama Fights for Workers
On Tuesday, the Alabama labor movement capped its largest political effort in history with a major win by electing working-family champion Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, once again proving the power of unity everywhere.
- African American union women made the difference. African American women are 12% of the state’s union membership, yet made nearly a quarter of all contacts in this unprecedented labor program.
- The Alabama labor movement is powerful. It is not considered a labor stronghold, but Alabama has greater union density than Florida and Virginia and about the same as Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
- The Alabama labor movement has clout. Volunteers in the labor program handed out 40,000 worksite flyers, spoke with nearly 100,000 Alabama union members at the door and on the phone, and reached 116,000 working families by mail.
- The Alabama labor movement is unified. Unions from every sector of our economy united to make the victory of Doug Jones possible.
Working people are the strongest economic and political force in America. All elected leaders should take note, and pursue policies that rewrite the rules of the economy for working people, our families and our communities.
Kitchen Table Economics
$3.23 per hour: That’s the difference in Alabama between the minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour, and the living wage, which is estimated at $10.48 per hour.
Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO – December 13, 2017