September 2012

40,000 Workers Stand for America

Ironworkers, along with 40,000 union members and activists, converged in Philadelphia on August 11 for the AFL-CIO “Workers Stand for America” rally. A second bill of rights was introduced focusing on fair wages and the right to unionize.

The rally was timed to take place prior to each of the major parties’ national conventions, allowing speakers to ramp up attendees on important political issues. DNC National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged solidarity and activism, stating, “…this country was born out of organizing and it will be saved by organizing.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the need for political activisim. “Work is who we are. But hard work alone never led to decent wages and retirement. It takes hard work—and activism.”

General President Walter Wise was extremely proud of the strong ironworker presence and stated, “We need to use our voice at the polls this November to ensure the future of our jobs and livelihoods. And ironworkers, just like on the jobsite, know how to get the job done right.”

The Second Bill of Rights calls for:
Full employment and a living wage
Full participation in the
electoral process
A voice in the workplace
A high quality education
A secure, healthy future