May Day or International Workers' Rights day is hugely celebrated around the world. In Rhode Island all workers join together to call for dignity and decent treatment at work, living wages, and preservation of the right to organize the workplace. We will gather for a rally outside Burger King on Broad St (across from Centeral High School) to call for a living wage for food service workers, then march through the city to the Hilton to call on the owners to stop firing workers who are organizing their fellow workers for decent treatment and living wages. Next we go to City H
May Day parades and marches once celebrated the International Labor Day. Today it has become a stage to demand full protection of workers and immigrants, and an economy that works for everyone, not just the elite. AFSC staff around the country took part in many of this year’s events, partnering with immigrant communities and members of the Occupy movement.
[From Mark Cooper, President of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor]
Sisters and Brothers and Friends of workers,
The Iowa House and Gov. Branstad are fashioning a "Frankenstein" type budget bill which will include many punitive policies such as changes to collective bargaining, corporate tax cuts, mental health funding, womens' health care issues and many other items. We must work together to stop this madness. Please save the following date and pass along to others:
Rally for dignity, equality and respect for all last year. One child carries the sign "I have a dream..."
International Worker Solidarity Day - join with people from all over RI to celebrate the people who check us out at the grocery store, fix our cars, harvest and prepare our food, clean our buildings,teach our children, care for our elders, do the daily chores of state and city government, fix our roads and bridges, make the tools we use, staff our hospitals.... the people (US!) who make things work.
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