Thank You

It’s been a long year and we simply can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done: educating and mobilizing, participating in events, making lobby visits, making phone calls, writing letters, doing precinct walks, rallying, and so much more…Thank You.

We hung together to push back on the attacks working people faced this year; Attacks on workers’ rights and protections, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, health and safety standards, and the very right to organize and bargain collectively.

Despite the struggles of the last year, there have been many accomplishments we can celebrate.

You helped strengthen Virginia’s workers compensation system for the first time in 20 years.

UFCW Local 400 along with their allies got a strong and comprehensive Big Box bill passed in Loudoun County.

Nationally, 40,000 TSOs chose to join our labor family as AFGE won one of the largest organizing campaigns in years.

Affiliates across Virginia stood with our CWA brothers and sisters during their strike against Verizon as they showed enormous courage, strength and unity and held the line for the right to bargain for good middle class jobs.

Just this week, the Machinist workers at the Danville Swedwood plant approved their first contract.

We held rallies in every corner of the Commonwealth in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin as hundreds of us were joined by our community allies to stand up for the rights of workers.

In the last few months, we also witnessed an inspiring movement take hold. Occupy Wall Street started in Liberty Plaza and has spread to hundreds of cities across the country. It is a movement that shares many of the same goals we’ve been battling for for decades. At its most basic, it is a fight for fairness and justice.

We belong to the labor movement because we believe that people who work for a living, deserve safe and fair workplaces, family sustaining wages, a few days off for vacation, the ability to go to a doctor and to one day retire with dignity.

In the New Year, we start a General Assembly session working with a tough House of Delegates and a State Senate split 20-20. We know we’ll encounter a lot of the same anti-worker bills we see every year and probably face some new surprises as well.

What we’ll need is the only thing that ever works in Virginia and that is to work collectively as one labor movement to improve the quality of life for our members, their families and all workers.

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