Labor plans national mobilization April 4th


WASHINGTON - Labor is planning a mass mobilization nationwide on April 4 to support workers' rights, specifically the right to collectively bargain.

The decision was reached at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Washington, March 1-2, according to a nationwide conference call of activists. But the council did not formally announce it.

Instead, the word was passed to activists from the Communications Workers, the Teachers, other unions, allied student, civil rights and environmental groups and others.

They were asked to dream up events at work places to show solidarity with workers who are standing up for their rights, notably public workers in Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Indiana and other states.

Suggestions for solidarity include vigils at houses of worship, wearing red pro-worker clothing, and demonstrations and marches on city halls and state capitols.

Organizers of the mass mobilization specifically chose April 4 because, on that day in 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., while campaigning for the right of 1,300 city sanitation workers - all of them African-American men -- to organize and bargain on their own behalf, through joining AFSCME.

One of those 1,300, William Lucy, retired last year as AFSCME's secretary-treasurer. The Memphis workers won their battle and organizers of the coming mass protest vowed workers would do so this time, too.

The workers' cause, though not the specific protest, was joined by Obama administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who spoke on the conference call.

"I'm proud of all of those who went down to Wisconsin, and I try to provide support and empowerment" from her cabinet post "for middle-class people who must be at the table" when their futures are decided, Solis said.

"Public workers - nurses, police officers, fire fighters - are willing to make sacrifices," the secretary added, alluding to the excuse GOP governors have used to demand that state and local workers take large pay and pension cuts and pay much more for health insurance. "Budget sacrifices are one thing, but demanding people give up their voice on the job is another."

In Ohio and Wisconsin - two of the biggest battlegrounds, where workers face off against GOP Govs. Scott Walker, Wis., and John Kasich, Ohio - workers and their unions have already offered to cut pay.

Image: Department of Labor stock photo of Hilda Solis, who supports the demands of labor.

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  • See you all on April 4th, 2011!

    We've created a workers' rally song "Down On The Line" in support of
    the hardworking middle class brothers & sisters nationwide.

    You can listen & download it free here:

    Fight on! The Joe Hill Heartlanders

    Posted by Mike Kay, 03/31/2011 9:41am (5 years ago)


    Posted by j, 03/09/2011 9:10pm (5 years ago)

  • Wall Street profits have gone up wages have come down. Why don't we reverse the process. Reduce the profits and they will still eat and have a decent place to live and their children will still go to college. Increase the wages so workjers can live too.

    Posted by, 03/08/2011 12:39am (5 years ago)

  • Great idea! Let's "shake their windows and rattle their walls" on April 4!!!

    Posted by John Whiskey, 03/07/2011 9:56pm (5 years ago)

  • Once again, "the people must lead," and hopefully, the
    "leaders" (i.e., Obama and the Democrats) will follow.

    Posted by Derf Nedloh, 03/07/2011 3:27pm (5 years ago)

  • This is part of how how we start to fight the corporations and their lackeys in government , by organizing and uniting together ALL the working peoples of the United States with ALL the unions.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
    John F. Kennedy

    Posted by "LE REVOLUTIONNAIRE", 03/06/2011 5:10pm (5 years ago)

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