After Donald Trump picked former Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate last Friday, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sarcastically congratulated Trump on the second worst vice presidential pick in history. Sarah Palin, of course, still being the worst.
Pence not only supports anti-worker “Right to Work” laws, but has led efforts to repeal the prevailing wage, urged Congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, and opposes raising the minimum wage and expanding workers rights.
“Everything Donald Trump says shows he is desperate to be working people’s friend, but everything Donald Trump does proves he is our enemy,” said Trumka, calling Pence “the wrong choice for America.”
“Mike Pence,” Trumka added, “once again proves Donald Trump’s true priority of assaulting the rights of working people and helping corporate CEOs line their pockets.”
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1848, the Women's Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York. Delegates adopted a Declaration of Women's Rights and called for women's suffrage.
In 1940, an amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, was amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds.
Today’s labor quote is by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, from her Seneca Falls Keynote Address:
“We are assembled to protest against a form of government existing without the consent of the governed - to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government which we are taxed to support, to have such disgraceful laws as give man the power to chastise and imprison his wife, to take the wages which she earns, the property which she inherits, and, in case of separation, the children of her love; laws which make her the mere dependent on his bounty. It is to protest against such unjust laws as these that we are assembled today, and to have them, if possible, forever erased from our statute books.”
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