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CWA President Shelton: Democracy Cannot Survive without a Vibrant Labor Movement


At this week's Demos awards ceremony, CWA President Chris Shelton urged progressives to fight back against efforts to destroy the labor movement.

In remarks at this week's Demos "Transforming America" awards ceremony, CWA President Chris Shelton urged progressives to fight back against big corporations' efforts to destroy the labor movement.

"Democracy cannot survive without a vibrant labor movement," Shelton said. "It is no accident that for the last 40 years, the Koch Brothers, and the so-called "Right-to-Work" Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce, and their puppets, like Scott Walker and Chris Christie and Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, have been laser-focused on wiping out the labor movement. When workers have no voice on the job, and they have no organized voice in society, only the voice of the corporate elite can be heard."

"Progressives of every stripe must do everything in their power to ensure that labor organizations are not wiped out by the corporate Republican machine. We must fight to change the laws in this country so that the labor movement can grow once again," Shelton said.

Demos is a prominent public policy organization that works to ensure that we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. The group honored President Shelton noting, "From raising wages or defending human rights, flushing big money out of our political system or ensuring sustainable jobs, he has fought to improve the lives of workers."