5/1/2017

May Day

May 1st, or May Day, is International Workers' Day, a day to recognize the historic struggle for workers' rights and the ongoing struggle for livable conditions for labour. While you may be most familiar with minimum wage campaigns like Raise the Wage, the labour movement has fought and is fighting for everything from womens' right to work free from gender-based discrimination to the safety of workers in developing countries who are threatened by the imperialism of multi-national corporations.

Marches and demonstrations are happening in many cities across the country and the world, but many of us can't make it to a march in Seattle at 10 a.m. on a Monday. If that's you, there are still lots of things you can do to support the labour movement on this historic day.

Read: What is International Workers Day?

Share:

  • Workers of the World Unite and Fight - May Day Explained You educated yourself, now let your friends and family in on the info. Share this video on your social media so your people know what those demonstrations on the tv are all about.
  • Want to share something more specific? Here's John Green, popular Youtube personality, explaining the debate about raising the minimum wage from the perspective of a small business owner: Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? Share it with any small business owners or aspiring small business owners you know.
  • Our senior Senator, Patty Murray, and Bernie Sanders just authored a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 across the US. Our junior Senator, Maria Cantwell, immediately signed on as a co-sponsor. Share Senator Murry's announcement post for Raise the Wage! 
  • A diverse group of activist groups have gathered in Seattle to march in favor of workers' rights, including an increased minimum wage and workplace protections. Even if you can't make it to Seattle today, consider joining them in solidarity by honoring the strike and sharing the info about it with your social circle.

Call:

Script

For the Senators: Hi, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent from [ZIP]. I'm calling because I'd like to thank the Senator for sponsoring the Raise the Wage Act. I appreciate the Senator standing up for workers [optional: and I'd like to ask her to take a similar stand in favor of universal, single-payer healthcare as the only acceptable alternative to the Affordable Care Act.].

For your Member of Congress: Hi, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent from [ZIP]. I'm calling because I'd like the Congressman to support our Senators and sign on to the Raise the Wage Act. It's important for the Democratic party to offer a clear alternative to the Republican pro-oligarch agenda, and whether or not the Congressman thinks this bill has the potential to pass, supporting it publically sends the message that working class people are important contributors to our communities and are worth protecting. [optional: I'd also like to ask the Congressman to take a similar stance in favor of universal, single-payer healthcare as the only acceptable alternative to the Affordable Care Act.] Thank you.

For your WA Senator: Hi, my name is [name] and I'm a consituent from [ZIP or address]. I'm calling because it's important to me that Washington State protects working class and poor families with a strong social safety that includes funding for education, infrastructure and mental health care. I'd like to ask you to support increased revenue for these essentials, including a capital gains tax. Thank you.