This past Saturday, 7 IBEW Local 824 members were among the 30,000 + union members and working families that attended the Rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were many speakers, including IBEW International President Ed Hill. The main purpose of this rally was to introduce the 2nd Bill of Rights, also known as the Workers Bill of Rights. Those rights include:
The Right to Full Employment and a Living Wage:
All Americans willing and able to work have the right to safe, gainful employment at a fair and livable wage. We call on the public and private sectors to invest in America’s infrastructure and promote industrial development, maintaining job creation as a top policy priority.
The Right to Full Participation in the Electoral Process:
Recent initiatives to disenfranchise citizens seek to reduce the rolls of eligible voters and empower money instead of people. We believe these actions constitute an assault on our nation’s democracy and history of heroic struggle against voting restrictions based upon property ownership, religion, race and gender and call for reinforcing our fundamental right to vote.
The Right to a Voice at Work:
All workers have the right of freedom of association in the workplace, including the right to collectively bargain with their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.
The Right to a Quality Education:
Education is a fundamental bedrock of our democracy, vital to America’s competitive position in the world and the principal means by which citizens empower themselves to participate in our nation's economic and political systems. Quality, affordable education should be universally available from pre-kindergarten to college level, including an expanded use of apprenticeships and specialty skills training to prepare Americans for the workplace.
The Right to a Secure, Healthy Future:
Americans have the right to a baseline level of health care, unemployment insurance and retirement security, all of which have been badly eroded by the disruption of the social compact that served the nation well for decades. We call on government and private industry together to confront the issues of declining access to health care especially for children, weakening of unemployment coverage, and inadequate pension plans that undermine the ability of working men and women to retire in dignity, even as Social Security and Medicare are under strain and threatened with cutbacks.
Below are some pictures from the Rally:
At 10:00 am, approximately 3500 IBEW and CWA Verizon workers rallied in front of Verizon's Philadelphia headquarters and marched 2 miles to the Workers Stand for America Rally. Below are some pictures:
If you have not signed the Workers Bill of Rights, please click the links below to download the flier and also a sign-up sheet that you can use to have your brothers and sisters sign the Bill of Rights. This information will be presented to candidates running for office from both parties.
Click Below for signature forms: