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UFCW President Marc Perrone in Labor Day op-ed: “A pathway to change is emerging.”

August 31, 2018 Updated: September 8, 2020

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In a Labor Day op-ed in The Hill, Marc Perrone, UFCW International president, spoke about why unions will create the better America that hard-working families deserve.


For decades, our elected leaders have sought to weaken unions, even as they permitted a concentration of wealth and a level of income inequality that now represents a clear and present danger to America. Yet, despite the divisive political climate, a pathway to change is emerging.

At some point soon, America’s hard-working families will cast politics aside and say enough is enough with the economic struggles they have had to endure. They will grow tired of empty corporate promises and realize the enormous value they have when they stand together.

This movement will be fueled by new technologies that are already empowering workers to organize and led by unions that are determined to prove value to workers.

Those cynics who believe that the very idea of a labor renaissance is built on false hope need to look to Missouri, where union and nonunion workers from all political stripes came together and defeated right-to-work Prop A by historic margins — the first victory against a right-to-work law in decades.

Hard-working Americans have had enough. As every day goes by, and our nation’s most prominent corporate elites continue to exploit working- and middle-class Americans, the seeds of change will grow.

As we saw in Missouri, the real power to change America for the better does not begin with joining a political party. Rather, it begins with workers joining a union and negotiating the better wages and benefits their hard work deserves.

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