American Senator Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in support of the labor movement at the Independence Mall next weekend.
He will be joined by two union presidents, Sean O’Brien of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Sarah Nelson of the Flight Attendants-CWA Association.
Workers in this country are organizing against the outrageous levels of corporate greed. It will only be possible to stand together.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 12, 2022
“Workers in this country are organizing against an outrageous level of corporate greed,” the senator tweeted on Friday.
“We will succeed only by standing together.” The rally will take place at 4 pm in front of the Independence Visitor Center at 599 Market St.
To promote the event, Sanders released a flyer based on the logo of Rita’s Italian Ice Company, located in Bensalem.
“We need to tell the billionaire class, you can’t have it all,” Sanders tweeted Saturday.
“They will argue. They will argue that we cannot do better, that we cannot have the same basic rights as citizens of other countries. It is time to ask them and ourselves a simple but very important question. why not: ?
We should say to the class of billionaires. You can’t have it all. They will argue. They will argue that we cannot do better, that we cannot have the same basic rights as citizens of other countries. It’s time to ask them and ourselves a simple but very important question: why not?
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 13, 2022
Four Starbucks locations in the city voted to unionize in May. Then, most of the employees at the 12th and Market Street precinct went on a one-day strike last month. They said they faced intimidation, retaliation and poor working conditions after voting to unionize and firing a store manager.
The union representing workers at the region’s three largest beer distributors has threatened to strike ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Management refused and agreed to a new contract that included a 10.5% wage increase and reduced work hours.
Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art voted to unionize two years ago, but they are still trying to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the institution’s top management. Last month, hundreds of people demonstrated at the museum to demand a new contract.
But there have also been setbacks for organized labor.
John Dougherty, the powerful Philadelphia political leader who led the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 for three decades, was forced out after being convicted of federal corruption charges last November.
Prosecutors He is said to have bribed former council member Bobby Hannon, a union electrician before taking office, to vote along Dougherty’s agenda. In return, the councilman received a $70,000 annual salary and other perks like Eagles tickets.
Hannon was also convicted in November, but did not resign from the city council until January.