Open Letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in solidarity with the Vermont AFL-CIO

The letter below was signed and endorsed by organisations and individuals from around the world in solidarity with the Vermont AFL-CIO.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President:

We defend the right of the Vermont AFL-CIO to have passed a motion authorising a General Strike if the 2020 election results had been overturned in a coup. This motion voted on by the rank-and-file delegates at the Vermont AFL-CIO 2020 Convention was in the proud tradition of labor fighting together against the threat of fascism and dictatorship. We defend the right of workers and the organised labor movement to strike together to defend their democratic rights.

We therefore stand in solidarity with the Vermont AFL-CIO and demand that you immediately drop the vindictive and retaliatory “misconduct” investigation into the Vermont AFL-CIO



Jews Against Fascism (Australia)

Liaison Committee for the Fourth International and its national groups: Consistent Democrats (Great Britain) Frente Comunista dos Trabalhdores (Brazil) Tendencia Militant Bolchevique (Argentine) Socialist Workers League (United States)

Socialist Fight (UK)

Trotskyist Platform (Australia)

United Front Committee for a Labor Party (US)

Workers Power (USA)


Charles Dineen, AFSCME (retired)

Johnathon Cooper

Lori Drohan

Steve Early, NewsGuild/CWA member and former International Representative, Communications Workers of America.

Cassandra Edson

Michael Eisenscher, Alameda Labor Council Climate and Environmental Justice Caucus

Mike Gimbel, Retired Executive Board Member, Local 375, AFSCME

Andres Gonzales, (formerly) United Steel Workers of America

Daniel Guza, Admin FB group Labor and Politics

Davey Heller, and Australian Services Union member

Heather Harman, IWW, & Socialist Party USA

Mahanama Heller

Owen Hseish

Leslie Hight, VSEA rank and file

Klaus Helms, Member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Germany. (Hoch die internationale Solidarität!)

James Marc Leas

Traven Leyshon, President of Green Mountain Labor Council

Dave Levi, Jews Against Fascism (Australia)

Brandon Marsden – Member of Reform and Revolution Caucus of the DSA

Gareth Martin

Bob Montgomery, AFSCME DC 93 (retired)

George Montgomery IBEW 2222 (As a proud lifelong (35 years now retired) member of an AFL-CIO union, I urget you to drop the misconduct investigation.

Barbara McGrew

Mary Morton

John O’Connor, AFM Local 443 and 1000

Robert Oeser

Jamie Partridge, NALC 82

Charles Rachlis, Communist Workers Group

Gabriel Rivera

Carla Ringler

Arlene Treacy (Hands off Vermont AFL-CIO!)

Marcus Vickers, Workers Power USA

Brian Walsh

Daniel Waterman

Davey Heller

Davey Heller is a Trotskyist from Melbourne and long-time campaigner for Left-wing causes including anti-war, refugee rights, environmental protests and workers' struggles. He is a former secondary teacher who studied history at Monash University and currently works in the environmental field. You can follow him on Twitter at @socialist_davey

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