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.
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.