After labor leaders released a statement to the Associated Press (AP) on Saturday threatening walkoffs, many businesses are concerned their unionized workforces will be ramping up their protest efforts in a lead up to the presidential election, primarily in support of the Black Lives Matter social cause, aimed to force local and federal lawmakers to pass police reform and address systemic racism.

Some of the nation’s biggest union names added their support to the AP statement, including branches of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA). Members of these groups include teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers, and clerical staff, among others.

In addition, the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union, which represents hundreds of workers within civil rights groups and think tank organizations, signed the statement with a comment to the AP that “the fights for workers’ rights, civil rights, and racial justice are inextricably linked.”

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