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Your view: Why 2024 is such a critical year for Pennsylvania workers
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Your view: Why 2024 is such a critical year for Pennsylvania workers

Buddy Maxwell, an organizer for the United Auto Workers union, writes about the importance of holding elected officials accountable for passing policies that support working people.

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Last month, I was on site when workers at Westport Axle Lobby here in the Lehigh Valley voted overwhelmingly to unionize. It was a big moment that echoed the pride I felt late last year, when my fellow Mack Truck workers and I secured new contract protections and benefits for our plant in Macungie. And just a few days ago in Tennessee, an overwhelming majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant voted to join the United Auto Workers in a historic expansion of union representation in the South.

I’ve been a member of the United Auto Workers for 30 years now, and I’ve never seen my fellow workers — not just autoworkers, but working people in general — as fired up as they are today. That fire has brought a lot of progress for workers across the country, but these gains are not inevitable. They require sustained organizing and, frankly, leaders in office who are willing to stand with organized labor.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Morning Call. Click here to view the full article.

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United Auto Workers Organizer

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