June 17, 2020: WI AFL-CIO Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice

This week, working people from Wisconsin will join thousands of our brothers and sisters across the country in a Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice, an all-out action of national solidarity calling for bold policies to confront the three crises facing America: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall, and long-standing structural racism. As America’s labor movement, we must urgently address all three with precision and purpose. They cannot be fixed separately.

We are calling for America’s Five Economic Essentials. This comprehensive agenda for the three crises addresses working people’s needs for safe jobs, economic security, and freedom from systemic racism.

Wednesday, June 17, will be the anchoring day in a week-long period of action calling for a Workers First recovery. STAY TUNED as the Wisconsin AFL-CIO will be launching a special, new initiative to keep workers safe on the job in tandem with this week of action.

Workers First Caravan Week of Action event map.

Statewide Phone Banks: Join the Wisconsin AFL-CIO virtual phone bank on Wednesday, June 17, to help Wisconsinites register to vote and/or request absentee ballots for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary and November 3, 2020 Presidential and General Election. Visit wisaflcio.org/mobilize to sign up and get started. Many in-person voter registration drives have been postponed due to COVID-19. We can step up to fill the gap and encourage Wisconsinites to register to vote ahead of November. Voters do not need to wait to request ballots for all remaining 2020 elections. Help voters navigate voter registration and requesting mail-in ballots so we can turn out the union vote in 2020.

Milwaukee: We Thank You Wednesday- Standing for Racial and Economic Justice hosted by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council. 11:30 a.m. June 17 at Washington High School, 2525 N Sherman Blvd. Car caravan and salute to workers starts at noon. On June 17, honor the work being done by the men and women of Milwaukee Public Schools from AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32 Local 1053, IUOE Local 420, and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association. Teachers, secretaries, support staff, engineers, custodians, and more care for the students of Milwaukee throughout the year. During COVID-19, the heart and soul of our public schools have continued to ensure that students receive virtual lessons, access to meals, and that their voices are lifted up during protests across the City. The memory of Ralph Davis, a paraprofessional and coach at Washington High School who died of COVID-19 earlier this year, will be honored. Health and safety come first. Mask and social distancing is required of all participants.

Our Workers First Caravan is calling on Congress to adopt America’s Five Economic Essentials as our roadmap to recovery and opportunity for all.

America’s Five Economic Essentials:

  • Keep front-line workers safe and secure.
  • Keep workers employed and protect earned pension checks.
  • Keep state and local governments, our public schools and the U.S. Postal Service solvent and working.
  • Keep America healthy—protect and expand health insurance for all workers.
  • Keep America competitive—hire people to build infrastructure.

Together, we will raise our voices with a nationwide week of events to let our elected officials know inaction is unacceptable! Our labor movement will continue to mobilize to fight for our health, for our economy, for Black Lives, and for our country.

Join us on June 17 and all week long for the Workers First Caravan in Wisconsin as we tell our elected representatives: Workers First!

And remember, watch this space for a special announcement on how you can join in our efforts to keep workers safe at work and in the community.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer

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