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With the attack on labor unions, especially from organizations such as New Choice NY, on the upswing, PEF is not only heightening its member engagement campaign, but taking part in a statewide camp

A year ago New York union members led the way to the most impressive political victory in the history of this state – the defeat of the Constitutional Convention. Despite being down 40 points in the polls, Labor won on election day with an astonishing 83% of the vote.These days, it’s hard to get 83% of people to agree on anything, let alone an Election, but we did it - together. Another important Election Day is coming, and we need your help once again.

As Labor Day approached, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting and compensating people like in few other places across the country.

President Donald Trump has presented himself as a champion of the American worker and vowed to restore factory jobs.

For generations America’s promise has been that opportunity to create a better life for your family awaits if you work hard and play by the rules. But this Labor Day, that promise is more out of reach than ever for an increasing number of people.

It's 1929, and workers in the Loray Mill in Gastonia have unanimously decided to strike after work conditions in the mill have gotten worse over time, thanks to management's efforts to reduce operating costs.

Wanting livable wages, better hours, union recognition and to rid the mill of the stretch-out system that was crushing their ability to effectively complete their jobs, 1,800 workers walked out on their jobs on April 1.


New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “At a time when labor is under attack, it is critically important to have someone like Andrea Stewart-Cousins protecting the rights of working men and women. She has always supported the ideals of organized labor, understanding the needs and concerns of working people. She fought for paid family leave and increases in the minimum wage. And, when it comes to fighting for her constituents, no one has done more than Andrea to secure funding for infrastructure, our schools, the city and county.

President Donald Trump heads into a midterm referendum on his presidency showing no real progress on a core promise: to raise the wages of America’s “forgotten man and woman.”

Once the impact of inflation is included, ordinary Americans’ hourly earnings are lower than they were a year ago.

Something is happening in America.

This Labor Day, working people in every corner of the country have good reason to be proud. Our movement is on the rise. We are marching and striking and organizing. We are refusing to accept business as usual.