Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference Unveiling ‘A Better Deal’ For Workers
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Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House and Senate Democrats and labor leaders to unveil a new plank of Democrats’ economic agenda, A Better Deal, which would strengthen American workers’ freedom to negotiate with employers. Below are the Leader’s remarks:
Good morning everyone! It is an honor to be here with the leadership of America’s working families. I want to say thank you to all of the leaders from organized labor, thank you. We believe the middle class has a union label on it. Thank you for making our families strong through all of the successes you have had over the years.
We are gathered here to talk about A Better Deal because we see threats to that security whether that is a threat to collective bargaining, whether it’s a threat to safety in the workplace, the assaults on OSHA and regulations there, whether it’s an assault on any of the issues that relate to advancing workers. If people are not a part of the union, they benefit from it.
Right now, I’m particularly concerned because in this tax bill that the Republicans are putting forward, it, again, is a threat to job security in our country. As one of my colleagues said yesterday at one of our meetings, ‘If I open a business on Main Street in the United States and I hire a thousand workers, I pay taxes. If I open that same plant in Mexico, Vietnam or Ireland, I will pay zero taxes.’
This tax bill has a built-in incentive to ship jobs overseas. So whether it’s outsourcing or sending jobs overseas or threatening the rights of workers in the workplace, be it again the right to bargain collectively, to be safe, to make a decent wage, we believe A Better Deal is necessary to advance. A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Pay, Better Future. Central to a good future for America’s working families has been the leadership of organized labor in our country and I thank you.
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