All union members urged to attend Labor Solidarity Rally March 27 in Jeff City

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Jefferson City – With a number of anti-worker anti-labor bills still pending in the Missouri Legislature, it’s imperative that union members turn out here March 27 for the Labor Solidarity Rally on the steps of the Capitol Building.

Jefferson City – FILLING THE FRONT LAWN of the State Capitol in 2008, several thousand union members from unions across Missouri made an impact on the State Legislature that was considering a number of anti-worker, anti-union laws that year. All ultimately failed or stalled. This year workers are under even worse attack. We need a much larger crowd at the Labor Solidarity Rally March 27. Be there! – Labor Tribune file photo

Several local unions are providing transportation.  If you need a ride, contact your union local to find out if they are renting buses, or if they can put you in touch with another union that is providing transportation to take workers to the rally.

Although the rally is a building trades rally to protest Republicans’ targeting of critical building trades issues such as prevailing wage and Project Labor Agreements, every union in Missouri is urged to send members because all of labor is under attack with the phony right-to-work (for less) legislation that appears, so far, to be stalled in the legislature.

“While several of us have been working the halls at the State Capitol, it’s important that lawmakers see the extensive grassroots community we represent,” said Jeff Aboussie, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building Trades Council. “That’s why we want every union member who can to show up in Jefferson City for this rally.”

The rally will be held at 1 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol, barring rain. In the event of inclement weather, the rally will be cancelled. However, your support will still be needed.

In the morning, union members are being asked to walk the halls of the Capitol and talk to their legislators about this unprecedented attack on working families – an attack that will impact every worker, union or non-union and the state’s economy.

 

GET A HANDOUT, BE INFORMED

 

The Missouri State Building Trades Council will provide handouts listing the anti-worker, anti-labor bills to leave with legislators.

The handouts will be distributed to building trades locals in advance for distribution to their members on the buses.

Other unions wanting cards should contact the Missouri Building Trades at 573-635-5214.

The cards will also be available on a table in front of the Capitol steps after 10:30 a.m.

 

DROP OFF, PARKING

 

For unions providing busses:

Bus drop off will be behind the Capitol building (on the river side). Members of the Jefferson City/Columbia Building Trades will be there to direct traffic. Pickups will be in the same place immediately following the rally.

Bus parking options: (1) arrangements have been made for parking at a lot in Cedar City, a few miles just north of the Jefferson City. Directions will be available at the drop-off station or (2) bus drivers can find a spot in Jefferson City.

For members driving themselves:

Parking lots are available on east side of the Capitol but tend to fill up fast, or

Electricians Local 257 is offering their parking lot, 209 Flora Dr. in Jefferson City. They will provide shuttle service to the rally beginning at 10 a.m.

 

LUNCH IN CAPITOL

 

Locals will be responsible for providing lunch for their members. For individuals driving up, there are ample restaurants in the area. The State Council has made arrangements for tables on the third floor of the Rotunda for use by rally attendees.

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