AFSCME Retirees were on hand for the rally in center city on Saturday. The rally was held in advance of the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The Justices are being asked to determine if members should be required to pay a fee for union representation.
AFSCME’s I AM 2018 initiative is about drawing inspiration from the heroes of Memphis and many others who died for our rights to have sick days/vacation days, fair wages, voting rights, equality on the job, women’s rights, and the right to unionize. We are connecting their struggle then to today’s challenges. I AM 2018 isn’t just a reflection of the past; it’s a call to action for the future. An urgent call as the time is now to fight poverty and prejudice, advance the freedom of all working people and remind America that there can be no racial justice without economic justice and no economic justice without racial justice.
It is our turn to fight. We value our freedom: the freedom to vote, the freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work, the freedom to have work-life balance. There are rich and powerful people who are attempting to annihilate the civil rights and labor laws that many have paid the ultimate price with their life. We must protect our freedom to join together as a union. Standing together, we can fight for our freedom to prosper. Join us on February 24, 2018, @ Thomas Paine Plaza 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102 from 10:00 am – 12 noon.
This is who we are. This is where we come from. This is why our fight matters right now. So sign up @info@DC47union.org and join me and AFSCME for the I AM 2018 events.
Ethelind Baylor, Vice President