Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 4, locked-out federal employees will rally in front of the U.S. Capitol with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and supporters in various unions to stand up against the irresponsible House Republican shutdown of the country. The message of the rally is clear: "We will not sit by while you hold the American people and our economy hostage."
AFGE President J. David Cox, who is scheduled to speak at the rally, said: “Federal employees want to go to work, they want to serve the American public, but they are being locked out of their jobs due to this government shutdown. We are calling on Congress to stop the lockout and allow federal employees to go back to work.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also will attend the rally.
Members of AFGE, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), AFT, Postal Workers (APWU), AFSCME, Communications Workers of America (CWA), SEIU and low-wage worker activists will be participating in the rally. At 11 a.m., the rally will start near the House Triangle on Independence Avenue by the House steps, and anyone who opposes the House Republican government shutdown is encouraged to attend.
Also scheduled to speak at the rally are Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), NTEU President Colleen Kelley and federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown.
Follow the action on Twitter tomorrow using the hashtag: #standup2shutdown.