Sponsored by Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS)
Bring your mask, gloves, signs for your vehicle and your fighting spirit
Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) is spearheading the Emergency Motorcade to help essential workers spotlight critical safety demands and to show public support for their fight. Now is the time to press for pro-labor solutions to the pandemic and deepening economic downturn, such as reducing work hours with no cut in pay to provide relief for those working in harm’s way, and jobs for those who are newly unemployed.
The Motorcade will be held this Saturday, May 9, which is the 86th anniversary of the famous 1934 West Coast Longshoremen’s strike, when union workers demanded a 6-hour working day, more workers and lighter loads. Their demands resonate today.
The Emergency Motorcade, led by frontline bus drivers, grocery workers, custodians and other essential workers, will stop at strategic locations in the Seattle area to highlight some of the current workplace struggles. Let’s put a spotlight on demands and solutions that working people need now:
- No Safety No Work. PPE. Free healthcare for all
- Full rights for immigrant workers. Release detainees
- End discrimination – fight racism and sexism on the job
- Defend the right to strike
- 30 hours work for 40 hours pay: less exposure for those working; create more jobs
- Initiate a massive public jobs program – at union wages
It is with a sense of urgency that OWLS is asking for your support and participation! If you have access to a vehicle please join other union and community activist for the motorcade. Bring your own signs or make some at the parking lot before the motorcade begins at noon. Please remember to bring and wear your PPE- mask and gloves. We will be practicing social distancing.
As big business clamors to re-open the economy at a faster pace, the need for on-the-job safety precautions becomes even more essential. And now is the time to demand measures to protect workers and the unemployed in the deepening economic crisis.
Your support is crucial in getting the word out and mobilizing union and community members to attend. And your ideas, skills and creativity are needed as we firm up plans for the route and messaging.
OWLS is an open, multiracial organization of labor activists formed to forge solidarity across union lines, revive labor’s fighting spirit, and promote the unionization of all workers, especially the lowest paid.
206-261-1420 •206-949-4552 PO Box 94614 Seattle, WA 98124