United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard will lead a rally of hundreds of union members at noon tomorrow to decry proposed collective bargaining changes in Wisconsin and Ohio, the USW announced today. The rally is at the USW headquarters at Stanwix and the Blvd of the Allies.
Full news release after the jump:
PITTSBURGH AREA WORKING PEOPLE TO STAND TOGETHER AS ONE AGAINST ATTACKS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS
Pittsburgh, Penn. - On Thursday, February 24, hundreds of working people from the Pittsburgh area will hold a rally to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin defending against attacks on the middle class. All across the country, working people facing these types of attacks are standing together in solidarity with Wisconsin families and to protect their own basic rights being threatened by the politics as usual.
"Working people voted to create jobs, but politicians are up to the same, tired politics. Instead of focusing on jobs, they're trying to weaken or eliminate workers' freedom to join unions so they can't serve as a check on corporate greed to restore balance. What's going on in Wisconsin is not an isolated event. Attacks on workers' basic rights is sweeping the country and we will stand together to ensure it doesn't happen here in Pennsylvania. Our firefighters, teachers and nurses are critical members of communities. We need to hold our leaders accountable to focus on jobs and restoring the middle class," said Jack Shea, President of the Allegheny County Labor Council.
Workers will be joined by local labor, community and religious leaders as they share their stories and concerns about the partisan political assault on working families throughout the country.
Interviews with labor leaders, workers or other participants may be arranged remotely before or after the event by calling 412.352.0317.
WHO: Speakers include: Area workers representing rank and file union
members standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Wisconsin; Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers; Jack Shea, President, Allegheny County Labor Council; Hundreds of union members, workers and community members.
WHAT: “We Are One” Rally to support workers who are under attack
by governors and state legislatures
WHEN: Thursday, February 24, Noon - 1:30 PM
WHERE: United Steelworkers Headquarters