The American middle class is at risk, with rising income inequality, the continued loss of good jobs and retirement security vanishing. As workers fight back by organizing at workplaces across the country, they now have another tool that reaches every American, a powerful good jobs consumer movement that promotes the interests of America’s workers and high-road businesses while ensuring the growth of the nation’s economy.
More than 35 people gathered at the Northern Virginia labor office on Monday, March 23, to participate in a 90-minute Common Sense Economics workshop conducted by the AFL-CIO. Among those taking part were representatives from the NAACP, religious social action networks, immigrant rights groups, young people and elected officials, as well as union representatives, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Cheerfully bobbing balloons and smiling transit workers greeted commuters Tuesday morning as they emerged from the Farragut West and Farragut North Metro stations in downtown Washington, D.C., to warn commuters of the impacts of cuts to mass transit funding in cities across the nation.
UPDATE: Metro DC Communications Director Chris Garlock send us this more detailed report from this afternoon’s actions.
Chanting “Whose America? Our America!” as many as 700 labor and community activists turned out in force earlier this afternoon outside the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), shutting down Woodley Rd. with an impromptu sit in and brief takeover take-over of the Mariott Wardman Park Hotel driveway.