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Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement.

Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Sam Gilchrist made the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:

“The Trump budget revealed today makes deep cuts that will harm Colorado’s working people, seniors, young people, education system, environment, and much more. Rather than bolster programs that help our communities, the President’s proposal balances the budget on the backs of working families.

The Colorado AFL-CIO issued the following statement today regarding the on-going internal Democrat and Republican party races:

Reports on the death of unions are greatly exaggerated. At least in Colorado.

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows union membership jumped from 8.4 percent of the workforce in 2015 to 9.8 percent last year.

The Colorado AFL-CIO says that increase equates to about 44,000 more members.

The state's largest labor organization, the Colorado AFL-CIO, wants legislators to pass equal-pay laws, keep jobs from going overseas and fight Republican efforts to do away with the state health exchange.

"Our hard-working families deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work," executive director Sam Gilchrist said at a Capitol announcement. "They deserve safety in the workplace and access to affordable healthcare."

Jan. 23, 2017, by Joey Bunch, ColoradoPolitics.com

What does Colorado’s organized labor want in the first year of President Donald Trump? We’ll find out Tuesday at the Capitol. The Colorado AFL-CIO will talk about its legislative agenda in the West Foyer at 9:30 a.m. to “help Colorado increase economic prosperity and stop national attacks on the rights of working families.”

Denver - On a press call Monday, Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Sam Gilchrist called on Senator Cory Gardner to vote against the nomination of Andy Puzder as US Secretary of Labor. 

 

Denver – At their final meeting of 2016, the Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Board passed two resolutions reaffirming its role as an institution committed to standing against hate crimes and standing in solidarity with our fellow union members when unreasonably attacked.