AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks Saturday as U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) looks on.
GRANITE CITY – U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) invited President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka to visit the 12th Congressional District of Illinois Saturday, Sept. 13.
Together, Enyart and Trumka visited with labor organizations and constituents in the Metro East and Southern Illinois.
“From his days working the line at Caterpillar as a member of the UAW to his days as a congressman, Bill Enyart has always been on the side of working men and women,” Trumka said. “On the other hand, his opponent, Mike Bost, has taken a pay raise from taxpayers while adamantly supporting lowering the minimum wage here in Illinois. If we send Mike Bost to Washington, he will join Washington Republicans in doing everything they can to hurt working families.”
“I could go on about seeing family members with callused hands, sooty faces and muddy boots,” Enyart said. “I come from working-class roots, and I pledged two years ago to take those working-class values with me to Washington, D.C., if I was elected to Congress.
“As the child of a working family, as a man who bears the scars from welding slag up and down his forearms, as a proud American, I ask you to go home and bring our working brothers and sisters together,” Enyart said to a cheering crowd in Granite City.
Enyart and Trumka continued to tour Southern Illinois on Saturday, with stops in East Alton, Belleville and Christopher. Residents from across the 12th Congressional District lined up to shake hands and take photos with the two leaders before they rallied with crowds of union members and families.