I would say that workers in general, and white workers particularly, are correct that their economic wellbeing is deteriorating.
And I think we understand we cannot make social change for all workers until we have enough strength, membership strength, and at the same time having membership strength and only making change for a limited group of workers is not what our country really needs for people that work.
I’ll never run for office. But I intend, either on the fiscal commission or on issues like immigration, to hopefully have my voice be heard.
When I left SEIU, we had started this quality public service agenda to say to our members what I think the United Auto Workers learned: that quality is our only job security in the long run.
Manufacturing and other unskilled professions that were union jobs, that allowed people to live a middle-class life, are disappearing both because unions are disappearing and because of the global nature of the economy.
American workers won’t be able to compete fairly for jobs until companies have to pay higher wages in countries like China and India.
The union movement has been the best middle class job creating program that America has ever had, and it doesn’t cost the government a dime.
I’m not running from any particular problems, I just want to take some time and figure out in my life where I can keep doing what I’m doing but in a way that I can also honor what I want to do for myself.
Employers need to recognize that the world has changed and there are people who would like to help them provide solution in ways that are new, modern and that add value to companies.
America is living through the third economic revolution and our country doesn’t really have a plan on how to deal with it, and when it does – like the president sort of outlined when he first got here – we have a Congress who seem incapable of acting on it.