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Law favors unions, admits president of U.S. largest union

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the disappointing findings of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

“People are continuing to lose ground because workers don’t have the power they need to negotiate better conditions and wages on their own,” Shuler said. “You can do that better when you come together, strength in numbers, collectively.”

And then in a surprising show of candor, Shuler said with union membership, “the law [is] on your side” because employees can negotiate wages and working conditions “without fear of retaliation or being fired.”

When asked about the railroad strike last year, Shuler blasted railroad companies for “making billions of dollars [in] historic profits, but yet couldn’t give their workers a single sick day.”

Ultimately, Shuler said unionization is “about equity” and “having a voice at the table.”

Although Shuler pitched the positives about union membership, she did not elaborate further on declining union membership rates among American workers.

Spencer Irvine

Spencer Irvine is Senior Writer & Researcher at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Spencer previously worked in state government, in communications for a non-profit advocacy organization, and held various administrative and communications roles at a media analysis organization. He has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University. He lives in Arizona with his wife, is an avid history buff and enjoys touring historic sites.