This month — Black History Month — marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tennessee, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in solidarity with 1,300 workers fighting for civil rights, better pay and improved working conditions. It was an historic union moment.
Fifty years later, we face another such moment. On Monday, Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31, a case funded by wealthy interests to further rig the system against working people.
Organized Labor will not sit idly by as billionaire bosses attempt to use the courts to manipulate the economic rules and lay siege to worker freedoms. No, we’re taking action; and taking it to the streets!
Join us this Saturday, Feb. 24, for the Working People’s Day of Action — a network of events in cities nationwide — to stand up for the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, and to fight for equitable pay, affordable health care and a secure future. Join the Ohio Working People’s Day of Action, 10:30 a.m., Feb. 24, Ohio Statehouse Steps, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
This is an opportunity to remind all working Americans that unions are the clearest path to the middle class. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, union members earned $11,000 more, on average, than non-union workers. When unions are attacked, worker rights and wages fall, vastly increasing the wealth gap between the rich and the working class. Unions are best way to make our voices heard while making a difference in the workplace.
On Feb. 24, join thousands of union members and working people in Columbus and across the nation to remember our past struggles and pledge our continued commitment to help working people advance and prosper.
RSVP to our Facebook event for the Columbus Working People’s Day of Action. We look forward to seeing you in Columbus, OH this Saturday when, together, we will stand proud and strong and say: Union yes!