For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s State of the Union AddressWashington, D.C. —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Tonight President Obama put forth a comprehensive plan filled with common sense solutions to strengthen the middle class and give Americans access to greater opportunity. We applaud his assertion that ‘To give working families a fair shot… we still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions and give American workers a voice.' Investing in community colleges, and expanding broadband access and paid sick leave are fundamental changes that will make our nation stronger as a whole.
“2014 brought the strongest job growth since the 1990s, however, that is only one piece of the puzzle. Stagnant middle class wages continue to drag families down. Workers need to be empowered to bargain for fair pay and secure benefits. Sadly, the nationwide attacks on collective bargaining persist, as deep-pocketed, anti-worker forces systematically target unions. Their efforts to undo collective bargaining weaken all workers.
“We hope that Congress will work with the President to take other steps to address the growing wage stagnation that hampers meaningful economic recovery in our country, and to send a clear message to the nation, that you can’t build a strong country by attacking workers.”