The following is from Working Washington:
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, workers rise up across the state to say: “It’s Our Time” — and Working Washington will be livestreaming it all day long on their website, workingwa.org. It’ll be like a mashup of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Occupy Wall Street.
Across the state, workers will be rising up to say that, no matter which candidates won which election, all of them need to move worker issues to the top of the agenda at every level of government, from city halls to the State Capitol and beyond. Every worker needs a living wage, paid sick days, access to hours, and rights on the job. It’s our time — and it’s time for the politicians and corporations to deliver.
Who: Fast food workers, nursing home workers, coffee workers, airport workers, homecare workers, and other underpaid workers in communities across Washington state.
What: Rally, march, and more to demand that every elected official out there has workers’ issues on the top of their agenda for the year ahead.
When & Where: Throughout the day in multiple cities across the state, streamed online at workingWA.org. More details of specific times and locations will be released in the days ahead.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that more than 1 million people — 38% of all the workers in our state — are paid less than $15/hour.
Workers have the power and the numbers to change our political system. A recent national poll of workers paid less than $15/hr showed that:
- 69% of unregistered voters would register to vote if there was a candidate who supported $15/hr and a union.
- 76% percent would pledge to vote for candidates who support $15 and a union.
- Across the country, it adds up to 48 million potential voters who could turn out if there were candidates who backed higher pay and union rights.
Working Washington unites working people to fight for a fair economy where everyone can support themselves, afford the basics, and contribute to the economy. It launched the fast food strikes that sparked the fight for $15 in Seattle; helped lead the successful campaign to pass $15 in SeaTac; and works in coalition with unions, faith groups, and grassroots organizations to hold corporations and politicians accountable to community needs.