July 26, 2005
Chicago, Ill.—The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), along with three Change to Win coalition partners—the Service Workers, UNITE/HERE, and Teamsters—will not participate in the AFL-CIO Convention that begins tomorrow.
We are taking this historic step with our coalition partners to build a 21st century worker movement for a new generation of workers. Unions built the American middle class. We are taking this action to revitalize the labor movement to build worker power.
Unrestrained corporate power has set in motion a global race to the bottom—a race dedicated to widening the gap of inequality—eroding basic wages—eroding labor and social standards—and limiting basic democratic participation.
Our unions are changing now to win worker power in the workplace, the community, and the political process.
The Change to Win Coalition is taking the lead to engage and organize workers—and build a worker movement to raise living standards, win health care and pension security, and make government responsive to working people.
Working people can’t win a better life unless more workers belong to unions.
The world is a different place than it was a generation ago. Change to Win partners are changing to meet this new dynamic.
Our vision is clear. Our resolve is firm. The time is now to bring new hope to working families.