Candidates affirmed their strong support for union rights, and vowed to stand with organizers at a worker town hall in Atlanta over the weekend. Stacey Abrams, candidate for Governor, committed to advocate for workers, and called on leaders to roll back anti-union policies.
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Candidates at the Atlanta segment of the America Needs Unions Town Hall series affirmed their strong support for #union rights, and vowed to stand with organizers at a worker town hall in Atlanta over the weekend. Stacey Abrams, candidate for Governor, committed to advocate for workers, and called on leaders to roll back anti-union policies.#FightFor15
Posted by ATL Raise Up on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Abrams embraced pro-union policies, and reiterated the life-changing impact of a good union job, saying:
“You should be able to walk into an apprenticeship with our labor unions, ready to make a living that will take you as far as you want to go!”
When asked her stance on the rights of graduate workers at public universities to organize, Abrams stood with workers, calling on state leaders to recognize that unions benefit everyone.
“I believe in the right to organize because I believe in the right to be successful. And the right to be prosperous. And therefore, yes — I will stand with those who organize because that is our right in America.”
State Senator Nan Orrock called for action to close the gap between the billionaire CEOs and the working people of Georgia:
“We’re not going to stand for it anymore. In the richest nation in the world, we’re going to stand up, we’re going to put our voices together, we’re going to organize, we’re going to elect people that will fight for the policies that see that our working families have a shot at success.”
More workers in unions will lift people out of poverty and strengthen families. Not only are workers in unions paid more, but when more workers are in unions, everyone gets a raise.