On the day that Martin Luther King Jr stood with Memphis sanitation workers for the right to collective bargaining and was taken by an assassin’s bullet, join the nationwide day of action…
Stand With Washington & Wisconsin Workers
Monday, April 4, 5:15
UW-Tacoma Administration Building (19th & Pacific, Tacoma)
Workers in jobs funded by our taxes are under attack nationally and locally. While their profits soar, corporate bosses who caused the world economic crisis propose to eliminate the middle class and unions.
Construction workers at the University of Washington face sweatshop conditions, delays, and union-busting retaliation as they organize for a first collective bargaining agreement. The federal labor board has already addressed retaliatory terminations. Despite this, 93% of the workers stayed solid to form a union. Serious issues of worksite safety and inaccessible 401K accounts are unresolved.
Anti-union bosses subsidized by tax-dollar corporate welfare are undercutting Tacoma grocery and hotel workers’ union-won living wages and collective bargaining in the UW-T neighborhood.
Local government and UW workers are declaring that our state is not the next stop on the Corporate-Wisconsin train. The UW is the largest public sector employer in the state and we call on it to affirm the right of workers to collective bargaining.
Show solidarity with and hear frontline workers share current experiences in these local struggles and comparisons with the fight in Wisconsin.
April 4 is supported by a call from national federations and coalitions such as the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, National Education Association, Jobs with Justice, and many more as well as their national affiliates. All workers deserve the right to collective bargaining and good jobs. Unite with private and public sector workers to say: We will not be pitted against each other. Corporations must pay their fare share.
On the day he was assassinated, Dr. King was in Memphis supporting a strike of 1,300 black sanitation workers who walked off the job protesting years of discrimination, low or no pay, and dangerous working conditions. The workers sought union representation with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, but the mayor’s office did not want to recognize the existence of public unions. For more background, please read the remainder of this account by Allison Fletcher Acosta of National JwJ.