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AFL-CIO President Trumka Declares Nationwide General Strike
WASHINGTON, DC - In an emergency press conference, president Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO union federation has announced that all AFL-CIO unions will be striking indefinitely.
"The intention of this strike is not to enforce a contract or push this or that reform," Trumka told reporters. "We are striking to fulfill the historical role of the working class, to take control of the means of production from the capitalist class, and to re-start production in the general interests of humanity."
The AFL-CIO currently covers approximately 11 million workers in all sectors of the economy, and the larger unions of the AFL-CIO have already called their workers to strike. 60,000 workers from SEIU Local 1199 of New York City have established a mass workers’ council in Union Square Park after fighting off police and national guardsmen with rifles and molotov cocktails.
"I’m out here because surplus value," said Thomas Renton, a spokesperson for the Union Square strike committee. Renton, a janitor for an office building in Gramercy, has been a member of SEIU Local 1199 for fifteen years. "Also, read Foucault."
The 1.5-million-strong American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) released a statement vowing that all major public services such as electric, gas, water, and trash collection will be shut down “until such time as ownership of the means of production has been unconditionally transferred to the working classes.”
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