8/31/17 Labor Day is an occasion to honor the achievements of working people on the last long weekend of summer. It also reminds us how the Union Advantage has helped us prosper while some want to take that away.
Let’s not forget what it’s about for us
It’s a weekend to re-commit that when we stand strong together, we win.
Because right now powerful groups who say they’re about freedom have stepped up their efforts to take away our freedom to come together as a UNION.
They don’t seem to understand that freedom isn’t a political agenda, it belongs to everyone, no matter what.
Working people deserve the same freedom enjoyed by corporate CEOs to negotiate a fair return on our work.
On this Labor Day and every day, we will continue to stand up for our freedom to prosper.
Labor Day is also supposed to be fun
You’ve heard the old saying: “Labor Unions-the people who brought you the weekend and holidays.”
Believe it or not, when we take time to enjoy our family and friends on this Labor Day Holiday, we’ll be doing something a quarter of Americans can’t do – have a holiday or paid vacation leave. A new study shows that 23 percent of Americans have no paid time off for any holidays, including Labor Day, and 24 percent have no access to any paid vacation at all.: https://aflcio.org/reports/laboring-labor-day
But thanks to the contracts we negotiated, we have 10 paid holidays, personal holidays and personal leave. And our new contracts increased our vacation leave for the first time in 40 years. Hear directly from Federation members on the 100% Union Advantage have in our new contract on the latest edition of our video/cable TV newsmagazine, Our View: https://www.facebook.com/wfsec28/videos/vb.74261463421/10155128831858422/?type=2&theater¬if_t=like¬if_id=1504161234483971
Further, the AFL-CIO reports the real Union Advantage – union membership – “is a key factor in whether a worker has paid time off.”
“In our Labor Day poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR), we found union membership Union members polled are much more likely to receive Labor Day off and overtime pay compared with their nonunion counterparts. While 78% of all working people polled have Labor Day off, 85% of union members do. Furthermore, 66% of union members receive overtime for working on Labor Day, compared with 38% of nonunion members. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of union members enjoy access to paid vacation, compared with 68% of nonunion members. Finally, 75% of union members have access to paid sick leave, compared with only 64% of nonunion members. It’s clear that by joining together in union, working people are able to create more time for family and more time to care for them.”
This Union Advantage allows us to get together with other middle class heroes to celebrate this Labor Day Weekend. Here’s a rundown of events:
Labor Day Weekend kicks off on the Olympia waterfront Friday evening (Sept. 1) when for the fifth year in a row, WFSE/AFSCME (joined by volunteers from Local 443 and the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington) sponsors its booth at the Harbor Days festival. If you’re near Percival Landing on Olympia’s waterfront, stop by. We’ll be there: 5-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4:
Labor Day events take place in Lakewood, Tukwila, Centralia, Kennewick, Castle Rock, Bellingham and Tacoma.
Get details on all these events at the Washington State Labor Council online calendar: http://www.thestand.org/calendar/?month=sep&yr=2017
Or follow the links below
- Lakewood (Western State Hospital Local 793/Pierce County Central Labor Council, 12-5 p.m., Monday, Fort Steilacoom Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421610217886628/•
- Tukwila (Martin Luther King County Labor Council), 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Tukwila Community Center: https://www.facebook.com/events/685072658348885/
- Centralia (Thurston-Lewis-Mason Labor Council), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Washington Park, Centralia: http://tlmlabor.org/annual-labor-day-picnic/
- Kennewick (Southeast Washington Central Labor Council), 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Columbia Park (Main Stage): http://www.thestand.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Tri-Cities-Labor-Day-Flyer.pdf
- Castle Rock (Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council), Monday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Toutle River RV Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/100545793947291/
- Bellingham (Northwest Washington Central Labor Council), Monday, 12-2 p.m., NWCLC, 1700 N. State St., Bellingham: https://www.facebook.com/events/1706946949320603/
- Tacoma Ralph Chaplin commemoration, Monday, 10:30 a.m., Calvary Cemetery: https://www.facebook.com/events/199644600566017/