“I got into the labor movement not because I wanted to negotiate wages. I got into the labor movement because I saw it as a vehicle to do massive social change to … reach out and start building permanent coalitions with young workers groups, with student groups, with religious groups, anybody that’s a progressive group …”—Richard Trumka, September 2010
Trumka admits that he didn’t get involved in the labor movement because he wanted to negotiate better wages for workers; he got involved because he wanted to use the labor union as a vehicle for massive social change.
To facilitate social change is also why most of America’s “journalists” and public school “teachers” entered their respective occupations. They did not become “journalists” to objectively report news or “teachers” to impart information and train minds how to think; they entered their occupations to promote progressive ideas and facilitate social change.