AFSCME Council 57

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

The AFSCME Council 57 Executive Board approved the following resolution in support of the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March in San Francisco on Sept. 8:

If a worker is brutally killed on the job because their employer failed to provide workplace safeguards, who do you think should be held accountable?

Judge Brett Kavanaugh sided with the employer, even when their negligence resulted in the death of a worker.

And that's who has been nominated to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Does that make you feel safe?

Like this anti-worker Congress and President, the court has become a tool for the rich, powerful and well-connected to trample on the rights and freedoms of working families. Judge Kavanaugh was hand-picked by the same dark money forces that brought us the Janus decision.

We can't allow these powerful corporate special interests to continue their attacks unchecked.

We deserve a Supreme Court that protects the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy and powerful. Tell California's Senators to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

Strong communities are built on good public services. From brave first responders to public school teachers to life-saving nurses, our cities are made safe, healthy and strong because of the dedicated people who step up and devote themselves to deliver the quality services our families rely on.

When we all chip in together, we thrive, but now our cities and the public service workers who form the backbone of our communities are under attack by billionaires and CEOs. The Supreme Court's recent ruling in Janus v. AFSCME is the latest attempt to divide working people and weaken the services we need and deserve. These wealthy interests have used their power and influence to rig our economy, drive down our wages, take away our health care and even our basic civil rights and freedoms.

One of the most effective ways to fight back is to join together in unions for the power in numbers we need to stand up for our families and our homes. When people like nurses, firefighters and teachers have strong unions, entire communities benefit. Wages increase, public services are better, and social mobility improves for everyone.

That is why in the face of these attacks, Mayors across America are saying: "We're sticking with the union!" Now more than ever, we need elected officials to take action to empower working people and make it easier for them to join in unions.

Send a letter to your Mayor and say that you want them to pledge that they will take steps to strengthen our voice by standing up to attempts to divide working people. Say you want them to stand with working people.

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