Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the results of the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia:
The voices of working people were once again heard loud and clear with the election of two pro-union champions: Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. After delivering the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, America’s labor movement regrouped and remobilized to keep the momentum going in Georgia—so our elected officials will no longer profit from our pain, but fight for real COVID-19 relief and economic empowerment. It won’t be easy, but we now have a generational opportunity to work with a pro-union president, a pro-worker House of Representatives and now, a new Senate that will have the courage and conviction to take on issues critical to our lives and livelihoods. And this starts with the PRO Act, so workers who want to form a union can do so freely and fairly; and it includes workplace safety, voting rights, infrastructure investment, pensions, paid family leave and more. Today, we celebrate, and tomorrow we can once again get back to working and fighting like hell for all of America’s working families.