America’s largest labor union, AFL-CIO, announced plans to march in Wednesday’s “A Day Without A Woman” protest, in which women are urged to stay home from work and to refrain from performing domestic duties, according to Washington Free Beacon.
A letter from AFL-CIO organizer Sheva Diagne stated that the union will focus on sexual harassment issues and working conditions for women.
“Working women from multiple sectors will rally and surround the Department of Labor in a show of unity, demanding that women workers be seen, heard, and treated with dignity, especially by the new Presidential Administration and Department of Labor leadership,” said the letter.
AFL-CIO organizers are encouraging protest attendees to share their workplace harassment stories. The women’s rally is also expected to draw in artists and include, “a flash mob, poetry, and music.”
“Through an artistic uprising, collective expression, and creative resistance, women workers and artists will share personal powerful moving testimonies experienced on the job,” the letter said.
The reports states that since fast food executive Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination in February for the role of labor secretary, Trump has not been successful at staffing the Labor Department.
Since Puzder denounced the nomination, Trump is slated to be “seriously considering” Alexander Acosta, the dean of Florida International University’s law school and a former National Labor Relations Board member, as his replacement. Several unions including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka have endorsed the potential labor secretary candidate.
The Free Beacon reports:
Women make up 48 percent of all union members in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Union membership, however, has fallen to record lows over the past thirty years. Less than 11 percent of workers belong to unions, down from about 15 percent in 2000.
In response to dwindling union memberships, many unions have had no choice but to downsize to shift focus to “core priorities,” which was the case when AFL-CIO decided to lay off dozens of D.C. union workers despite increased revenue from $182.4 million in 2015 to $188.7 million in 2016, says the report.
A spokesman for AFL-CIO said, “We will have to end support for some programs that don’t go to our core priorities.” And added, “This is about reimagining and realigning our core priorities to best serve our affiliates.”
It should be noted that Trump drew in more union members supports than any past Republican nominee, according to AFL-CIO’s political organizing affiliate, Working America.
Furthermore, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pledged last week that his organization is committed to partnering with Trump. He told Fox News that unions were prepared for Trump to “rewrite the rules of the economy,” particularly in regard to trade and immigration reform.
“Will we partner with him? Absolutely,” Trumka said. “Will we partner with him to try to rewrite the immigration rules of the country? Absolutely… Using the bully pulpit to say this is your country, this is where you owe your allegiance, this is where you should be investing and building, that is a good thing.”
— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) March 3, 2017
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