FIRST Donation to the Center...Julie Allen, President of Local 79 of Oneida County Courthouse, presents check to Jackie Cody, President, Bernie Knox, left of Julie and Jolene Knox far right.
Wednesday, April 15th was Fight for $15 National Day of Action. The group met at The Guild Hall before departing to 3 different locations in Rhinelander. Before leaving for the sidewalks supporters heard from 4 speakers then received signs and buttons.
The first stop for the community supporters of workers was along Lincoln Street in front of Hardee's and Wal-Mart. Lots of support from drivers!
Partial picture of the community supporters were visible with their signs supporting low wage earners.
The Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People spells it out clearly we stand in Solidarity with workers in Rhinelander.
The second stop for community supporters was in front of Burger King. Here are NWCWP Board Members Dean and Gail (behind the sign).
The final stop for supporters was at McDonald's on Stevens Street. At each fast food franchise Jackie and Dean talked to the managers explaining why we were demonstrating. All managers received business cards from the workers' rights center, NWCWP.
Jackie and Dean share a final word before ending the two and half hour demonstration for low wage earners. This was the first event organized and sponsored by the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People.
Workers' Memorial Rock at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander was the setting for 2015 Workers' Memorial Day Observance. It was attended by over 30 people.
Cheryl Andrist read the poem, When My Work Wasn't Done. It was written about a woman who lost her life at work.
Dean Einerson, keynote speaker, again reminded those in attendance that worker deaths and injuries affect all workers no matter what the country.
Music is part of the observance. Robert Wojnowski led the participants in several songs including Solidarity Forever!