"One employer will not buy 100 pairs of pants to support the local economy, but 100 employees will each buy 1 pair of pants. Hoarding wealth among an elite few damages the economy. The Socialist Party believes that America is stronger when workers are strong. America's labor unions were founded upon American Socialist principles."
★ American Socialists
More than a century ago, labor unions grew out of socialist workplace societies. The Socialist Party has always stood alongside labor unions in defense of the socialist ideals of fair pay and economic security. American Socialists understand that labor unions helped build Americaâ€™s middle class, and organized labor remains critical to fulfilling Americaâ€™s basic bargain: If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. America needs to strengthen and protect the American workforce.
Much of what we now take for granted â€” the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, health insurance, paid leave, pensions, Social Security and Medicare â€” came from the Socialist Party and were made possible by the hard work and dedicated struggle of Americaâ€™s labor movement.
It was socialist labor unions that led the fight to improve working conditions and labor standards and helped to build the largest middle class in history. Labor unions demonstrate that Americans are stronger together than as individuals.
The Socialist Party continues to call for strengthened workersâ€™ rights. While the Democratic Party has turned its back on Labor to embrace corporate finance, it is now only American Socialists that fights for worker equity, collective bargaining, and employee ownership.
While Democrats and Republicans create laws that obstruct union growth, only American Socialists are calling for the substantive expansion of labor unions to protect the entire American workforce. The Socialist Party wants America to invest in good-paying jobs, impose a maximum employer wage law (which would substantially increase employee wages), invest in apprenticeships and high-quality training, protect workers from exploitation, and protect retirement security. You do agree with the socialist principles upon which your union is based. Isn't time to return to your labor roots? It is time for you to become the next generation of American Socialists.