DemDaily: DNC On The Strike Line

February 8, 2018

Deputy DNC Chair Keith Ellison will be taking the Democratic National Committee's Winning With Partners tour to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to underscore one of the key platform issues of the national party: raising the minimum wage.

The Winning With Partners in 2018 Tour is a joint initiative of the DNC and the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) to strengthen progressive infrastructure in key states, champion democratic issues and build towards Democratic electoral victories by organizing with our allies in 2018.

The Minnesota Congressman has traveled through almost a dozen states since October, working with a growing coalition of 200+ national and state organizations to organize around key campaigns and issues.

Ellison and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp meeting on DACA in Sanctuary Church

Ellison is going to be in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Ferguson, Missouri this upcoming weekend for public events, including a march to support nursing home workers, represented by SEIU, who are on strike.

Event:     RAISE THE WAGE TOWN HALL 
When:     Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:00pm- 12:30pm CST
Where:   Wellspring Church
33 S. Florrisant Road
Ferguson, Missouri  63135

Speakers: DNC Deputy Chair & Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman Lacy Clay (MO-1) and Missouri Democrats. RSVP Today!

The Strike Line
Employees of the Christian Care Nursing Home in Ferguson have been on strike since December 1, 2017 to fight against unfair labor practices.

The nursing home workers, represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare, include approximately 65 full-time and 25 part-time nursing assistants, housekeepers and dietary workers.

The strike was prompted by decisions of the facility's new administration, including mandated overtime, canceling or not allowing workers to take vacations, and violations of the existing contract on staffing and scheduling.  The median wage for the almost exclusively African-American staff is $9.65 an hour, and the union is seeking guaranteed raises throughout the life of a new agreement.

Strikers have been joined by faith and community leaders, as well as family members of nursing home residents who say care is suffering under fill-in employees.

Nursing Home Worker in Ferguson, MO

Keith Ellison will be marching from the Town Hall to the Strike Line to support the nursing home workers on Saturday.

Event:     STANDING WITH WORKERS FIGHTING AGAINST
                   UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES
When:     Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:00pm CST (immediately after the town hall)
Where:   The SEIU Strike Line outside of
Christian Care Nursing Home
800 Chambers Road
Ferguson, Missouri 63135

For More Info: DoyleR@dnc.org

 

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Sources:  DNC, St. Lous Post-Dispatch, seiuhcilin.org

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