September 5, 2014
Labor Sabbath and #TalkUnion
Beginning bright and early Labor Day morning in Raleigh’s Nash Square – after a weekend during which people of faith spoke up for labor unions in over 30 worship services across North Carolina as part of the first-annual “Labor Sabbath” effort – a McDonald’s worker with Raise Up for 15 joined a worker from Mountaire Farms – where the largest unionization campaign in North Carolina of 2,000 poultry workers is currently underway – for a press conference with NC NAACP President and leader of the Forward Together Movement Rev. William Barber, NC State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan, Durham Congregations in Action Executive Director Rev. Spencer Bradford, and Raleigh/Apex NAACP Branch President Rev. Portia Rochelle.
“If ever a Monday needed a moral makeover, it’s Labor Day,” said MaryBe McMillan:
The news conference in Raleigh served to kick-off a 3-city tour on Labor Day that highlighted how North Carolina workers are finding hope to raise wages and defend workers’ rights in difficult economic and political times by taking collective action through labor unions and Moral Monday.
The #TalkUnion Tour also stopped in Greensboro, where a Wendy’s worker joined a member of Working America and Rev. T. Anthony Spearman to testify about the practical and moral imperative of talking about and supporting unions on Labor Day.
The tour wrapped up with a Moral Monday Labor Day rally in Charlotte’s Marshall Park.
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Here’s a recap of the coverage of the Labor Sabbath and #TalkUnion effort for Labor Day 2014:
A call for congregations to observe Labor Sabbath
Observing the Labor Sabbath This Weekend
Observing ‘Labor Sabbath’ this Labor Day
Clergy Says ‘Labor Union’ Aren’t Bad Words
Can You Be a Christian and Be in a Labor Union?
The Battle For Labor Unions In North Carolina
Activists in Raleigh promote increasing minimum wage, unions
Labor Day marked by Moral Monday tour, new “State of Working North Carolina” report
Hundreds March in Annual Labor Day Parade
Labor Day: A “Moral Monday” makeover is needed
MaryBe McMillan with the NC AFL-CIO discusses policies that can help address the economic divide, and build a stronger state
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