Which Side Are You On?

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION for FRIDAY, May 11:

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Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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Recent waves of teacher strikes have shown that the labor movement still has plenty of fight. But overall, workers and their unions have an uphill struggle under this Administration, as it undermine the National Labor Relations Board and Judge Gorsuch potentially decides Supreme Court’s imminent Janus decision, which may hamstring public sector unions.

Yesterday, pro-labor Democrats in the House and Senate, including Patty Murray, struck back, introducing the “Workplace Democracy Act.” The bill would allow employees to form a union by a streamlined majority sign-up process (“card check”); require companies to negotiate with a new union within 10 days of receiving a request; mandate that workers in every state pay some dues to unions that represent them; and expand the law’s definition of “employer to include companies like Uber in  the “gig economy.”

No-one thinks the bill will become law in the current Republican Congress, but by signing on now as co-sponsors, our Senators and Representatives will help establish a pro-worker agenda that can help define the mid-terms and lay the foundation for a more just workplace in years to come. Thank Senator Murray, and ask our other Members of Congress to join her as co-sponsors.

Action 1: Thank Senator Murray for co-sponsoring the “Workplace Democracy Act”

Sen. Patty Murray:--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Suggested Script:

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. Please thank Senator Murray for co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act.  The bill contains long overdue reforms that can help restore the balance of power in the American workplace.”

Action 2: Ask our other Members of Congress to join Senator Murray in co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act.

Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Suggested Script

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent [ZIP]. I am calling to urge [NAME] to join Senator Murray in co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act” (S2142/HR 3690).  The bill contains long overdue reforms that can help restore the balance of power in the American workplace.”

Background:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/democrats-take-aim-at-the-gig-economy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/09/bernie-sanders-has-a-new-plan-to-raise-wages-save-the-unions/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9bd930369557

 

Good News

Calls by pro-immigrant activists-including Seattle Indivisible- for the ouster of the Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing who released immigrants’ personal data  to ICE have finally been answered. Agency head Pat Kohler announced her resignation yesterday, effective June 30th.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-department-of-licensing-director-resigns-after-controversy-over-info-sharing-with-immigration-officials/

Upcoming events:

Flip the 8th Canvass - Pacific

Saturday May 12th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Pacific Park   600 3rd Ave SE, Pacific, Washington 98047

RSVP here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6813

 

Phone Bank with #TeamPramila for Stacey Abrams!

Sunday May 13th 1 PM - 4 PM

Delridge Library  5423 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle, Washington 98106

Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia and the election is only weeks away! If elected governor, Stacey will become the first Black woman in the country to hold that position. But she’s already breaking barriers and leading the way for equality and diversity.