Workers “Fight for $15 and a Union” at events in Passaic and Essex counties over Labor Day weekend

Workers “Fight for $15 and a Union” at events in Passaic and Essex counties over Labor Day weekend

Contact: Pat Alex 551-795- 6985

Sunday, September 3, 2017: 1:30 PM March from American Labor Museum (Botto House) 83 Norwood Street, Haledon to Paterson’s Great Falls.
Monday, September 4, 2017: 10 AM March from Newark City Hall to Washington Park.

SEIU members will celebrate Labor Day by joining workers and community allies from across New Jersey to call attention to the need to raise our state’s minimum wage to $15, protect the
right of workers to form and join unions, and elect pro-worker candidates in the 2017 gubernatorial and 2018 midterm elections.
The Annual Labor Day Parade steps off at 1:30 PM Sunday at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon (www.labormuseum.net), the site where
over 20,000 workers rallied during the 1913 Paterson silk strike. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the SEIU NJ State Council, is slated to join the two-mile parade route, which ends at Paterson’s Great Falls.
On Monday in Newark, SEIU members will participate in a march down Broad Street from City Hall to Washington Park, as part of the national day of action. The march begins at 10 a.m.
“We are proud to join with thousands across New Jersey to celebrate the achievements of our nation’s workers and recommit ourselves to building a strong and vibrant labor movement,” said
Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “Just as workers organized for the eight-hour workday, the weekend, and an end to child labor, today our mission is to secure a national
living wage and union rights for all. This struggle is embodied in the Fight for $15 and a Union, the largest movement of low-wage workers in American history and a fight that we must win for
New Jersey.”
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The SEIU NJ State Council is comprised of unions representing 23,000 service workers throughout the state, including those in healthcare, warehouse, food service and maintenance
workers.

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