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At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders 

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin.

Rep.-elect Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is proof that we can elect labor-endorsed candidates who will fight for working people. AFL-CIO and AFSCME need our help to continue pushing for an agenda that protects our right to organize, ensures our families have a bright future and our retirements are secure, and builds power for the labor movement.

Our union brothers and sisters in the AFT Higher Education Council have drafted a pledge we can sign, showing that we support fully funding the tuition freeze by 2020. 

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