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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.

“I say this to everyone in the media world who I talk to,” says Darren Atkins, wrapping up our phone interview: “Please, absolutely do not portray this as a hidden agenda to get rid of staff.”

The U.S. working class is currently riding a mighty strike wave, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the height of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s union-busting spree.

The entire Massachusetts AFL-CIO community mourns the loss of Worcester Firefighter, Lieutenant Jason Menard, who died heroically in the line of duty last night, saving residents trapped in a three-family home. One of Lt. Menard's final acts on earth was selflessly saving his crew before he became trapped. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to Lt. Menard's family, especially his wife, Tina and their three young children.

Longtime AFM member, Daniel Cerveny, loves working as a keyboardist. He also loves working for his local union as its Secretary Treasurer and promoting the benefits of AFM membership. One of his favorite selling points is the Union Plus Credit Card, which he uses regularly, and which offers special benefits for union members.
Longtime Communications Workers (CWA) member, Peg Bissell, owns three homes in a one-block radius for herself and extended family. She’s a believer in unions and what they can do for families, both in the workplace and at home, which is why she turned to the Union Plus Mortgage Program for each of her home purchases over the years.

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