U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren borrowed another person’s words to describe the state of affairs following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that stripped labor unions of the ability to collect mandatory dues.
“Union members are strong. They speak out. They don’t sit down and shut up. Or, to say it another way — nevertheless, we persist,” she said Saturday in Pittsburgh.
“Nevertheless, she persisted” became a catchphrase that energized the liberal base last year after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell uttered the phrase while silencing Ms. Warren’s objections during the nomination debate over Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Ms. Warren was met with an enthusiastic crowd — AFT President Randi Weingarten introduced her as a close partner whom she calls frequently for advice on how to press for union issues in Washington, D.C. The Democratic senator from Massachusetts spoke of the power of teachers early in a child’s life by talking about a schoolteacher she still thinks about, who was the first person who encouraged her to go into public service.
Ms. Warren said her first job out of college was a teacher of special needs children at a public elementary school. She said she eventually went into politics to better shape the issues teachers care about.