Raleigh Kick-off of 3-Stop Moral Monday Labor Day: The #TalkUnion Tour

Media Advisory for September 1, 2014

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, jeremy@aflcionc.org, 336-255-2711

AFL-CIO and NAACP Team Up to Kick-off 3-Stop Moral Monday Labor Day: The #TalkUnion Tour at 9:00 AM in Raleigh’s Nash Square

Workers and clergy to speak up for ‘labor unions’ on the holiday that bears their name

RALEIGH, N.C. – This Monday, September 1 at 9:00 AM in Raleigh’s Nash Square, after a weekend during which people of faith will have spoken up for labor unions in over 30 worship services across North Carolina as part of the first-annual “Labor Sabbath” effort, a fast food worker with Raise Up for 15 will join 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. The conference will serve to kick-off a 3-city tour on Labor Day that will highlight 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 will also stop in Greensboro before ending in Charlotte for a massive Moral Monday Labor Day rally.

Who: Rev. William Barber of NC NAACP, MaryBe McMillan of NC State AFL-CIO, Rev. Spencer Bradford of Durham Congregations in Action, Rev. Portia Rochelle of Raleigh/Apex NAACP, Raise Up for 15 fast-food worker, Mountaire Farms poultry worker

What:  Moral Monday Labor Day: The #TalkUnion Tour (rally and press conference)

Where: Next to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Nash Square, 201 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC
NOTE: In case of rain, this event will move indoors to the nearby NC Justice Center office – 224 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

When: Monday, September 1, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.

Why: Workers and the people of faith who support them are speaking up for labor unions on the holiday that bears their name


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.