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March 17, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2018

CONTACT: Tim Morris



Tens of thousands of people plan actions to honor Dr. King’s fight for basic freedom for sanitation workers and protest the rigged economy, just days before Supreme Court will hear case meant to attack working people

Louisville – Today, leaders from the civil rights movement, labor unions, religious leaders and others are announcing plans to mobilize in Louisville as part of a massive nationwide day of action on February 24. The “Working People’s Day of Action,” convened by workers’ rights organizations, will span events in dozens of cities across the country, with tens of thousands expected to join the call for an end to policies that rig the economy and political system against working people.

The KY Working People’s Day of Action Rally to be held Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am at UAW Local 862 at 3000 Fern Valley Rd. This will be a rally bringing workers together from across Kentucky to rally and to stand up for public workers pensions and fight against harmful legislation which would hurt all working people.

Inspired by Dr. King and the sanitation workers who went on strike in Memphis 50 years ago, the Working People’s Day of Action comes amid a resurgence in grassroots efforts to defend basic freedoms, including the right to join together in unions. In the past few weeks alone, the nation has witnessed transit equity actions honoring Rosa Parks, planned strikes by fast food workers across the South and the growth of movements calling attention to the intersection of economic and racial justice – including the I AM 2018 Campaign and the Poor People’s Campaign.

The Working People’s Day of Action happens just days before the Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case funded by billionaires and corporate interests to attack the rights of working people.

In Louisville, local leaders including: Rev. Charles Elliott, will be joining auto workers, teachers, and public service workers for a day of action, culminating in the KY Working Peoples Day of Action Rally. The day of action is intended to advance the unfinished work of Dr. King and spark political momentum in Louisville and across the country heading into the 2018 elections and beyond.

“The Working People’s Day of Action is about coming together to defend the freedoms that Dr. King fought and died for,” Said Rev. Charles Elliott, “Freedom from want, freedom from hate, freedom to vote and freedom to join together in strong unions. These freedoms are under attack at a time when our voices are needed more than ever – at work, in our communities and at the ballot box.”

As billionaires and corporate special interests, aided by the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress, ramp up efforts to scale back labor and voting rights and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31case, recent reports indicate that the economic and political systems continue to enrich only a few. Meanwhile, fewer than 40 percent of Americans can afford a minor emergency and more than 80 percent of the world’s wealth is going to the top 1 percent.

“If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the CEOs and special interest groups behind the Janus case, it will be easier for those in power to divide working people and limit our power in numbers,” said Todd Dunn President of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council/UAW Local 862, “This country’s economic and political system has been rigged against working people for too long – especially women and people of color. Through unions, working people have a voice to win fair pay at work and defend their basic freedoms.”

“Economic justice and security is a central rallying point for the scores of women who have been mobilizing across the country,” said Sue Foster, President of AFSCME 4011. “Women in unions are more likely to receive equitable pay for their work and to have health insurance, paving the way for economic advancement. We also have a voice when things go wrong or when we face harassment on the job.”

In addition to Louisville, events are already planned in San Diego, Memphis, Washington, DC, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Paul, New York, Columbus, and Philadelphia.

“We’re standing shoulder to shoulder to rise up against those advancing their profits over our progress,” said Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta. “No court, no president, and no corporate bully can stop us when enough of us unite for our freedoms to achieve a decent living, equitable workplaces, strong health care, safe communities, and a better future.” 

EVENT:  KY Working People’s Day of Action Rally

LOCATION: UAW Hall, 3000 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY
DATE: Saturday, February 24th

TIME: 11:00am (press should arrive early due to limited parking and expectation of hundreds of attendees 10:15am is recommended for arrival)

VISUALS: union workers, non-union workers, faith leaders, civil rights leaders, union leaders, rally signs, people rallying

WHAT:  A Rally to Unite Working People from unions, faith, civil rights, and the community to stand against the rigged economy and fight back against the attacks on public workers pensions and on all working people.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Todd Dunn President Greater Louisville Central Labor Council/UAW 862, Sue Foster President AFSCME 4011, Augusta Thomas AFGE National VP for Women & Fair Practices, Reverend Dr. Charles Elliott Pastor King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, Cornelius Cotton Business Manager Laborers’ 576, Brian O’Neil Kentucky Public Pension Coalition/President Louisville Professional Firefighters 345, Bill Londrigan President Kentucky State AFL-CIO, and Ron Richmond of AFSCME Council 962.


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