Hi there Tuesday with Toomey Supporters,
Are you ready for an interactive rally at Senator Pat Toomey's office at 200 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia?
“Labor unions, and their ability to create a powerful collective voice for workers, played a huge role in building the world’s largest, richest middle class” and have helped create the eight-hour workday, employer-backed health coverage, paid vacations and sick days, and safe workplaces (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/opinion/sunday/labor-unions.html). However, unions currently have lost much of their power and the Trump administration is doing everything it can to undermine labor unions and deprive workers of the rights to a livable wage.
The appointment of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh helped solidified a conservative majority which has signified its hostility to workers in its Janus decision last year, which resulted in an overturning of 40 years of precedent and ended compelled union dues for public employees. Trump’s acting Secretary of Labor, Patrick Pizella has a long history of hostility to workers’ rights and to unions (https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/453627-trumps-new-labor-chief-alarms-democrats-unions), and his nomination of Eugene Scalia as Labor Secretary shows hostility toward unions and workers as Scalia has long fought for the banks and corporations above workers; interests.
The administration is also fighting to restrict the role of unions in federal workplaces (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-asks-court-to-let-it-restrict-federal-unions-now/2019/07/24/1bce1200-ae33-11e9-8e77-03b30bc29f64_story.html), and is attempting to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/08/trump-administration-looks-decertify-vocal-federal-employee-union/159112/), as well as potentially undermining the North America’s Building Trades Unions with a proposed Labor Department apprenticeship initiative which Leaders of the union federation worry will undermine their own job-training programs and create a supply of cheap labor for developers, undercutting high-skilled construction workers who rely on prevailing-wage jobs to make ends meet (https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/16/trump-jobs-construction-workers-1653450). At the end of the day, despite his promises otherwise, Trump is not a champion of unions and he’s doing his best to prove it.
This week, we will be joined by Ernie Bennett, of SEIU (Service Employees International Union: www.seiu32bj.org) who will speak to us about the importance of unions in securing a livable wage and conditions for all workers, and what we can do to support them.
Support SEIU by asking every elected official in PA to take the PA Worker Protection Pledge and pledge to support:
-A living wage
-a safe workplace
-the freedom to support unions
There are bills in Harrisburg and Washington to support all of these goals. We just need the politicians (especially anti-worker Toomey) to listen and move forward for workers!
Show your support for PA workers on social media. Demand that your elected officials: #Pledge2PAWorkers
Use these links to access relevant information/resources: http://forpennsylvaniasfuture.org/pa-worker-protection-pledge/
Urge your House and Senate representatives to support the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would give back to workers the power they need to demand their fair share of the profits created by the sweat of their brows.
Thank you for helping us hold our representatives accountable.
Tuesdays with Toomey