AFL-CIO Working Families Declare ‘America Wants to Work’ in Events Nationwide

Working people in the midst of hundreds of actions around the country for good jobs

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–Oct. 13, 2011.  As demonstrations against Wall Street and the top 1 percent continue, the AFL-CIO and its 12 million members are calling for jobs and a just economy in more than 200 events all with the same message: “America Wants to Work.” The nationwide effort includes rallies, marches, occupy events and teach-ins and demands politicians and Washington deal with the  jobs crisis instead of the manufactured debt crisis.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are standing up together by joining in this week of action and they will continue to call for good jobs now and a just economy… and they’re not going away,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  “They’ll be back — and back — and back — until lawmakers finally listen.” 

Events happening around the country include:


Occupy Boston

Communities across the country are frustrated over failed policies that are designed to benefit the richest 1% of Americans – all at the expense of the 99%.  As the gap between the haves and the have-nots only widens, working families, students and community leaders have taken to the streets to call for an economy that works for everyone.

Occupy Boston – a coalition of groups and activists, including the Greater Boston Labor Council – will highlight the need for good jobs for everyone, not just CEOs.

Thursday, October 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Eastern – Dewey Square in Boston.

North Carolina
Renee, Find Us Some Work!

Working families, the North Carolina AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Government Employee and MoveOn will organize a constituent meeting and picket outside of Rep. Renee Ellmers’ district office in Dunn, calling on her to stop budget-cutting and instead focusing on creating jobs.

Thursday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern – Outside Rep. Ellmers’ office in Dunn, N.C.

America Wants to Work Town Hall Meeting

Hundreds of working families are expected to attend a town hall forum on joblessness and its devastating impact on the local economy and communities of color.  The town hall is sponsored by the Metropolitan Baltimore Labor Council in coalition with the NAACP, BUILD and Ministerial Alliance.

Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Eastern – 2701 W. Patapsco Ave. in Baltimore.

Occupy St. Louis

Workers, jobless Missourians, students and seniors will join Occupy St. Louis at Kiener Plaza and then march to downtown banks, calling them out for failing to invest in our communities and their shady foreclosure practices, meeting up at the western edge of the Arch grounds to see a few of the highways and bridges that need work – work that could be creating good Missouri jobs.

Friday, October 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Eastern – Kiener Plaza (100 N. 7th St.) in St. Louis.

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