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Tucson May Day Coalition & a Connecticut Teamster—Both Are Calling For:
ALL OUT ON APRIL 15!

[Introductory Comment:  Below is a message from a friend in Connecticut, which sets a good example.

[In Tucson it is reasonable to expect that the May 1 Coalition, taking a cue from this Connecticut Teamster, as well as from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, will make building April 15 a central part of its work this year. — 

[George Shriver, Tucson chapter, National Writers Union; and co-managing editor, Labor Standard]


All Out for April 15! Low Pay Is Not OK!
$15 and a Union Now!

from Christopher Hutchinson, Connecticut Teamster

On April 15, 2015, people of all walks of life will join together nationwide (& worldwide) for a historic moment to fight for $15. You won’t want to miss it.

For every hard working minimum wage worker who dreams of a better future for their family — and for every person who believes that’s a dream worth fighting for, this is it. This is the day to be louder, stronger, and more united than we’ve ever been. Do it. Show your support: tell us you’re in for $15 on 4/15. And then, tell everyone you know.

Too many of us are forced to choose between keeping a roof over our heads, paying our bills, or feeding our kids.

On April 15, we are teaming up with other organizations across the United States (and the world) to stand together to yell, “enough!” All of us: fast food cashiers and cooks, home care and childcare providers, college and university faculty, retail employees, airport workers, and anyone who believes in standing up for the rights of workers.

Together we’re turning the tide in favor of working people and our families. And we’ll need everyone’s help — including yours — to make this a reality.

On April 15, we’re taking to the streets to participate in dozens of historic demonstrations in cities across the country — including Fight for 15 CT. — to call for $15 an hour and union rights. Stand with us.

We’re fed up with working families being forced to survive on poverty wages, while being exploited by companies raking in billions of dollars of profit. On April 15, 2015, we are taking to the streets. We need to know we’ve got your support.

Add your name today and pledge that you will stand up on April 15 and be one of millions demanding the fair pay, respect, and the future we deserve!

In solidarity,
Chris Hutchinson
Hartford Teamster at UPS and Committee member of Fight for $15 CT


SEIU

If you listen to some experts, the economy is doing just fine. That may be true for many corporations that are enjoying record profits. But for too many ordinary families, falling wages are a huge problem.
In fact, nearly two-thirds of American households earn less money today than they did in 2002. [1]
On April 15, people from all walks of life will stand up to fight for jobs and wages that boost our economy and strengthen communities. Join us.

If you believe that we need to raise wages to have a better future for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, join us. Click on this link show your support.

In for 15

I'm so inspired by the regular people—some who belong to a union, and many who don't yet—who are building the Fight for $15 movement.

This movement that was started by fast-food cooks and cashiers has exploded to include people who work at Walmart, airport baggage handlers and passenger service attendants, home care providers, child care workers, adjunct college faculty, and other underpaid people who want to create jobs that pay people enough to actually live on.

Together, we are fighting for an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.

Powerful CEOs could pay people more, but they simply choose not to. When large, profitable companies attempt to pay as little as they can get away with, even full-time jobs can pay so little that workers qualify for food stamps. Working moms and dads can’t afford basic needs for their kids. Young people can’t afford to go to school to upgrade their skills. Entire neighborhoods fall behind.

When we demand and win a higher floor for wages, we will not help not just individuals and families, but also our communities and the larger economy. That’s why it’s so important that you are with us to Fight for $15 on 4/15.

In for 15

Americans will be better off when we make sure we have the right to stick together in unions to speak up for ourselves at work—to speak out for better pay and a better life—and that employers can’t take away this right.

If one person speaks out, she is ignored. But in SEIU, we know that when many of us stand up together, we are heard. We are taken seriously. We make change happen.

Let’s fight for a better future together. Join us on 4/15.

In Solidarity,
Mary Kay Henry
President, SEIU

References
The 21st century has been terrible for working Americans — Washington Post — March 6, 2015