In recent years, there’s been plenty of conversation in America about income inequality, with talk of the one percent versus the 99 percent. People have rightfully asked how corporate profits and CEO incomes can rise so high, while working-class and middle-class wages continue to stagnate as union density has declined.
This year, working-class construction workers in New York City across all the trades have begun to participate in a movement labeled #CountMeIn.
Construction workers are saying “count me in” in the fight against corporate greed. Sheet metal workers have been joined by laborers, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, painters and others to demand fair wages, benefits, and working conditions from those who work to build the luxury apartments in the high rises they could never afford to live—and the high-end commercial space where it takes a multi-million dollar income stream to occupy an office in a closet. “Count Me In” demands every worker treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual preference.
This campaign was launched because union members and the general public realize that corporate greed has now gone unchecked for far too long. As developers continue to get richer, workers are being asked to sacrifice more and more.
The #CountMeIn movement and this rally is sending a message to developers that they cannot divide, separate or ignore workers any more in their fight for what every working person deserves – a basic fair days pay for a fair day’s work.
Count Me In Rally
Union Square Park
New York City, NY
Tuesday, May 8 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM
Click here to RSVP
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