"I am very confident that in his second term he will speak out a lot more forcefully on any number of issues," said Fred D. Mason Jr., president of the Maryland and D.C. chapter of the AFL-CIO. "I would encourage the president to simply speak out more, use the bully pulpit of his office and be even more supportive when workers are actually engaging in those struggles."
"The challenge is on us to be more aggressive working with our allies in the community-based organizations, faith organizations to spread the message that workers' rights are human rights," said Mr. Mason of the Maryland and D.C. AFL-CIO. "We have to capitalize on what was demonstrated in the election on Nov. 6. That election showed the best of the American people. They were not bound by the rhetoric of anti-women, anti-minority, anti-worker leaders out there. They went in, and they voted for basic American values, that I am my brother and my sister's keeper."