WORKERS STAND FOR AMERICA: Join This Major Rally Aug. 11

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BY PAT EIDING, President, Phila. Council AFL-CIO/ Over the last 18 months, it’s been hard not to notice the general attack on workers taking place across the country. From Wisconsin and Ohio, where Governors tried to win political points by stripping collective-bargaining rights from public employees; to the constant drumbeat that workers with modest pensions and health-insurance coverage have somehow destroyed the nation’s economy.

Workers, union and non-union alike, have stood up against these attacks and been on the defense for the better part of two years. On Aug. 11 in Philadelphia, tens of thousands of workers from the state, region and beyond will join together for the Workers Stand for America and outline a pro-active vision – a Second Bill of Rights – about what the labor movement stands for and basic guiding principles which all workers have a right to attain.

Titled “Workers Stand For America”, the gathering will be held at Eakins Oval, on the Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workers Stand for America was envisioned by IBEW International President Ed Hill as a way to change the conversation in America and to refocus national attention on jobs, economic opportunity, and restoring the American dream for all. President Hill put out the call and the entire labor movement – and beyond – have answered it.

It is fitting that we will gather here in Philadelphia – which well over 200 years ago became one of the first sites in the colonies where workers joined together to fight for their collective rights – to stand together to bring forward a modern platform of workers’ rights, including: the right to full employment and a living wage; the right to full participation in the electoral process; the right to a voice at work; the right to a quality education; and the right to a secure, healthy future.

As the preamble to the Second Bill of Rights says, “We the People want to strengthen our nation, as a beacon of equality, economic opportunity and freedom for all. We hold these rights to be essential to our vision of America and believe that the principles contained therein should guide our government, business leaders, organizations and individuals in our common goal of a just and fair society.” We hope all of Philadelphia will come join us on Aug. 11 and then work together to achieve this vision.

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4 Responses to WORKERS STAND FOR AMERICA: Join This Major Rally Aug. 11

  1. It’s about time somebody stood up for workers in this country. All workers should be there to voice their support for this second Bill of Rights.

    Sam Chilia
    August 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

  2. I wholeheartedly endorse the “Second Bill of Rights”. We who work with our muscles and brains, produce the wealth that the 1% suck from our labor. What we need are democratic “check and balances” on economic power in the work place and in the financial system. We need to withdraw our pensions, checking and savings accounts from Wall Street and put it in credit unions, state, regional and municipal banks, control by, “We, the people” from main street, not Wall Street. We need businesses that make things in the United States and provide services by people, working in the United States. We need democratic control of our workplaces and the regulations that protect the workplace, our homes and our economic system. Our focus is people first, not profits first. The purpose of government is to protect all of us from the narrow minded greed of the few oligarchs who have bought our elected leaders to do their bidding. And as it says in the “Declaration of Independence”, “it is the inherent right of the people to alter or abolish their form of government.” Make this rally the first step toward public banking and cooperative businesses like the new joint partnership of the United Steel Workers (USW) of the US and the Mondrogron Cooperatives of Spain.

    Sincerely in solidarity,

    Paul Roden

    P.S. I would love to join you but I am committed to canvassing for my State Representative Steve Santarsiero Democrat from the 31st Assembly District in Bucks County and former member of the PSEA and former teacher from the Bensalem School District and a friend of labor. He is up for re-election and only won by 153 votes two years ago. He won my precinct by 90 votes.

    Paul R. Roden
    August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  3. I will be with my IBEW brothers and sisters on August 11th in Philadelphia to stand up for workers.

    Colleen Kalb
    August 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  4. I will be there tomorrow.

    James D'Angelo
    August 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

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