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Jimmy Carter

"Every advance in this half-century -- Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another -- came with the support and leadership of American Labor."

Jimmy Carter

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress... The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome."

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cesar Chavez

"The road to social justice for the farm worker is the road of unionization... This conviction is what brings spirit, high hope and optimism to everything we do."

Cesar Chavez
Elizabeth Warren

"We need to get back to the idea that 'we all do better when we all do better.' And I think that means: STRONG UNIONS."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

"UNIONS have been the only powerful and effective voice working people have ever had in the history of this country."

Bruce Springsteen

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