Labor Day Recognition all this month: Labor in the Pulpits/On the Bimah/In the Minbar

This year, our allies of faith are participating in Labor in the Pulpits/On the Bimah/In the Minbar. This is a September-long program when congregations set aside time to lift up the dignity of work, support especially low-wage and immigrant workers, and speak to the experiences of essential workers in Wisconsin and around the county.


As a reminder: You can locate extensive news and faith resources for this program on Worker Justice Wisconsin's website. Additionally, you can use their videos to share on social media. All videos are also available on their YouTube Channel.

Congregations will be participating during weekends this month.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

In Solidarity,

Kevin Gundlach, President
South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

solidarity@scfl.org

 

Worker Justice Wisconsin
Contact: Rebecca Meier-Rao
Address: 1602 S. Park St. #116, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-255-0376
E-mail: info@workerjustice.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/workerjusticewi

 

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An example and review of the presentation today at the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist zoom service follows:

Teresa Mambu Rasch, Legislative and Research Director for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO was the guest speaker during today's (Sept. 5) online Labor Day weekend service at the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation about "The PRO Act: A Collective Response of the Human Heart to the Plight of Inequity on Labor Day, 2021".  She is a really good speaker and I encourage you to share this with your members and networks.  Her presentation is great for educating congregations, community organizations, workers and college students, as well as for union members who may not know much about the PRO Act.  It speaks in terms of economic justice and moral issues that many people of faith and others can relate to, without being overtly religious or mentioning any deity.  The music and readings in the service were all labor-themed, but the video just includes Teresa's presentation.

 

Summary:  Teresa did a great job of explaining to the congregation how unions fight for economic equity and justice in society, and how the lopsided, systemic anti-union and pro-corporate labor laws in the U.S. have weakened unions and vastly reduced union membership, even though polls show a majority of Americans now support unions and the right to organize, especially young workers.  She talked about how the bullying, harassment, retaliation and firing of pro-union workers by companies during organizing drives interferes with employees' rights to form a union and have a voice at work.  She explained how the PRO Act would remedy some of the worst violations by the union-busting industry and employers like Amazon and Collectivo.  She urged people to write or call our Congressional representatives who voted for the PRO ACT (including Rep. Mark Pocan) to thank them and Sen. Tammy Baldwin for being a cosponsor of the bill, and to write or call Sen. Ron Johnson and ask him to vote for the PRO Act.  

 

If you want to reach Teresa, and have access to the zoom video from today, her e-mail address is tmambu-rasch@wisaflcio.org

In solidarity, 

Leila Pine

(608) 234-0399