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  • Women Workers To Surround Labor Department Wednesday On Day Without A Woman - 03-07-17
    Print Icon Mar 06, 2017

    By Doug Cunningham

    Widespread feminist and worker resistance actions are happening on International Women’s Day Wednesday, March 8th.

    The backers of the Women’s March on Washington and International Women’s Strike are helping organize the actions.

    According to the International Women’s Strike it’s a global day of action “organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism”.

    Women Workers Rising, which includes several labor groups, is planning a protest at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington DC.

    Saru Jayraman is with ROC, the Restaurant Opportunities Center.

    [Saru Jayraman]: “Several hundred women workers will be rising in front of the Department of Labor on Wednesday, March 8th, which is International Women’s Day and also the day that’s being called A Day Without A Woman.

    Women from around the country will be surrounding the US Department of Labor and really demanding that the Department of Labor stand up for workers and for women.”

    Several labor organizations are supporting the protests. They include the American Federation of Teachers, National Nurses United Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC), Domestic Workers Alliance, OUR Walmart and Jobs With Justice.

    Jayraman says resistance to Trump and violence against women are part of why women are rising in protest. But worker issues are also motivating the Wednesday protests.

    [Saru Jayraman]: “A fifteen dollar minimum wage for everybody, including tipped restaurant workers who are in large majority women and who suffer from the highest levels of sexual harassment of any workers in the U.S. because they have to rely on tips to support their families.

    We are rising for paid sick days and paid family leave for every worker in America. We are rising for protections against sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, and gender and religion in the workplace.”

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