By Hunter King
Labor Day weekend is a bittersweet marker of the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. It is also a commemoration of labor rights struggles in the United States and a time to reflect on how far we have yet to go. This Labor Day, in addition to enjoying barbecues, picnics, and the beach, let us remember all the workers who don’t get the day off and take time to learn about how workers who are fed up with increasing inequality are standing up to fight back.
1. Sharing their petition: http://action.changewalmart.org/ARealWage
2. Signing up to participate in their Thunderclap (like a social media bomb, where you donate your account for one post or tweet) and encouraging your supporters to do the same: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/3668-walmart-pay-a-real-wage
3. Sharing some of these images via social media to help spread the word about the workers’ struggles
Commemorate historical labor rights struggles in the US by supporting current struggles today! Additional information on these recent and upcoming actions can be found here:
Port Truck Drivers Action in California:
Facebook: Justice for LA/LB Port Drivers
Twitter: @PortDriverUnion @Teamsters
Facebook Event page: Rally for Justice at the Ports!
Landing page: http://bit.ly/portsrally
Fast Food Strike:
Walmart Actions Nationwide:
Hunter King is a Smith College graduate who is interning with the International Labor Rights Forum this summer and embarking on a Fulbright fellowship in Sri Lanka in the fall.