The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 5, 2009
Vigil at Federal Building on Wednesday aims to boost DC labor bill

Tomorrow at noon, unionized workers and community members will hold a rally and overnight vigil at the Federal Building at 501 I St. in downtown Sacramento


Organized by the California Labor Federation, the event aims to build support for federal legislation aimed at bolstering workers' freedom to form and join unions. 


The fast starts at noon. Some participants will stay overnight to show their support.


Speakers are expected to include community and labor leaders, unidentified elected officials and workers who've allegedly been harassed or fired for trying to join a union.

 

They'll urge DC lawmakers to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which was introduced in Congress during March. 


Backers say the bill will empower workers to form a union and bargain collectively, free of harassment and intimidation, while boosting penalties for companies that flout  the law.


Protest organizers say they also expect Sacramento City Council to approve a resolution at tonight's session to show their support for the Employee Free Choice Act.


The candlelight vigil starts at 8 p.m.

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