June 13, 2014 | By jhuskey |
Yesterday, over 1,000 low-wage workers, SEIU members and allies rallied and marched in the Bay State’s 3 biggest cities — Boston, Worcester and Springfield — to call for $15/hour, safe working conditions, and the right to organize. In Boston, the day of action featured speakers from fast-food workers to home-care workers to taxi drivers to certified nursing assistants to adjunct faculty.
Boston University adjunct faculty member Maureen Sullivan spoke at the rally about all working people’s common cause. She said:
“We as a nation, as a global society, cannot continue treating members of the workforce who feed and nurture and educate the next generation as pariahs. We need to put money in the hands of all working people who both create value and who purchase the goods and services that drive real economic growth.
That is why I am here: to express both my outrage at the shabby treatment of the Commonwealth’s hardest-working teachers and educators, and to be part of the solution. The solution, here and now, is to organize ourselves into an adjunct faculty labor union with strength, resilience, determination, and above all, the highest ethical and cultural values which we already instill in our students.
We also stand with brave people who work at restaurants, hospitals, home care and other fields, who work hard and can’t get by on low wages. Thank you for taking risks by speaking out today. We may be from different walks of life but we are all standing up and saying together, it’s time to make sure our economy works for everyone again.”
Read more about the coalition and action at: http://wageaction.org/