February 14, 2018 To: CWA Local Presidents Subject: February 24th – Working People’s Day of Action Dear Brothers and Sisters: On February 24th, we will join with tens of thousands of other union members, retirees, and allies for the Working People’s Day of Action. This massive mobilization will include events in dozens of cities across the country to call to an end to policies that rig the economy and political system against working people. I strongly encourage all CWA locals to participate in this day of action. We’re mobilizing now because wealthy special interests want the Supreme Court to rig the economy even more in their favor with the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The forces behind this case do not believe that working people should have the same freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by past generations. The case will be heard on February 26th.
If the Supreme Court sides with the corporate interests, it will be a blow to working people and limit their power because unions give workers – particularly women and people of color – a powerful voice to speak up for themselves, their families, and their communities. That’s why it’s urgent that we have a massive turnout for the events on February 24th. Events are currently planned for San Diego, CA; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; Detroit, MI; St. Paul, MN; New York City, NY; Columbus, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; Houston, TX; St. Louis, MO; and Sioux Falls, SD. If your local will be participating, please contact the coordinator for your city to let them know. You can find the list of coordinators with their information here:
Members within 50 miles of a core rally will receive a notice from our Communications Department inviting them to participate. The list of participating cities is growing. If you aren’t near one of the cities listed above, visit www.itsaboutfreedom.org
to find out if there’s an event near you. Fifty years ago this month, Dr. Martin Luther King came to the aid of Memphis sanitation workers who were protesting discrimination, low pay, and inhumane conditions that led to the gruesome death of two workers on the job. As we join together this year for the Working People’s Day of Action, we honor these workers by defending the freedoms that Dr. King fought and died for; the freedom from want, the freedom from hate, the freedom to vote, and the freedom to join together in a union. As Dr. King told the sanitation workers in Memphis, “Freedom is not something that is voluntarily given by the oppressor; it is something that must be demanded by the oppressed.” CWA members have proven that when we fight we win. Join me February 24th for the Working People’s Day of Action. In Unity, Christopher Shelton President
c: Executive Board CWA Staff