Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today in labor history: Workers stand for America rally

Here's the latest news report on the historic "Workers Stand for America" rally in Philadelphia:

Organizers of “Workers Stand for America” said they expect upward of 20,000 people to attend the all-day event in Philadelphia that will bring in working families from Pennsylvania and neighboring states for speeches by Democratic lawmakers, a concert by Lucinda Williams and rallies with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other unions. 
Scores of workers dressed in green, orange and yellow T-shirts, some of them holding American flags, began arriving early Saturday next to the Philadelphia Art Museum steps made famous in the movie “Rocky.” The event begins next to the museum at Eakins Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will feature the introduction of what organizers call “America’s Workers Second Bill of Rights.”
Here are some recent tweets:
@MikeElk A sea of red as several hundred Verizon workers on the verge of striking arrive at Verizon Philly hq #ws4a 
@MikeElk CWA prez Larry Cohen leading sea of red shirted Verizon workers in a chant #ws4a 
@gregorycendana Thank you @afa_cwa for the amazing signs at #ws4a. "It's not just bout the First Class, it's about the Middle Class!" 
@jeffhauser RT @jackietortora: Romney chooses anti-Medicare Ryan while families rally for 2nd Bill of Rights in Philly: #WS4A... 
Photos are on the way from our brothers and sisters in Philadelphia. The twitpic above was tweeted by our Teamster brother Rick Smith. We're sure we'll be hearing more from Rick today. Stay tuned.