It may not always be obvious, but the union movement and progressive student activists share the same core values when it comes to fighting for social and economic justice for all people.
Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discussed these similar values when he addressed more than 1,200 young activists at the 8th annual Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C.:
Your generation’s struggle for jobs—for quality jobs—with fair wages and good benefits, so that those of you who have student debt can have the ability to pay it down and have the opportunity to live the life you want: the ability to get married, to raise a family if you want to, to start a business, to fight for the causes you believe in, and to leave a stronger America for the generations that follow you—that struggle is the struggle of the labor movement, and that struggle is also my struggle.
You see, activists from my generation and before me also needed solidarity on and off the job to improve this country. The struggles of working people haven’t changed all that much, and that’s why we share so many values in common.
Unions have been fighting for social and economic justice since our beginnings.
To read the full speech, click here.