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Thousands of CWAers Mobilize for Working People's Day of Action

Thousands of CWA members in more than 30 cities across the country took to the streets on Saturday for the Working People's Day of Action to demand an end to an economy that's rigged in favor of the wealthiest and most powerful.

The day of action came as the Supreme Court began hearing a court case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This case is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporate CEOs, the wealthiest 1%, and the politicians that do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. For more details, see The Truth About Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

"It was a great show of solidarity," said Nick Kwapil, Secretary of CWA Local 4611 in Kenosha, Wis. "Unions and our movement are gaining more public support. People are tired of what's been happening in the state of Wisconsin, and the current Trump administration has been the catalyst we needed to get a strong push as a united Wisconsin, fighting against union busting efforts from the GOP. People and unions are fighting back!"

Wendy Anderson, a member of CWA Local 7201, said: "It doesn't matter if you're in the same union as me. We're brothers and sisters, and we support each other."

Dave McCune, President of CWA Local 4502 in Columbus, Ohio, said, "It made me feel energized. Seeing so many of my brothers and sisters standing in the pouring rain helped get me fired up and ready to fight!"

"Today is a day of action, but we need to make it the first day of action, not the last day of action," said CWA President Chris Shelton, firing up the crowd at a rally in Washington, D.C. "We need today to make sure that the Supreme Court understands that this is going to be a war – and we are not going to lose that war." Click here to watch President Shelton address the crowd.

The potential effects of a negative decision will be felt at every level of CWA and the labor movement as a whole. That's why we're fighting back – through the CWA STRONG program, which strengthens our union at all levels.

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Thousands of CWA members in more than 30 cities across the country took to the streets on Saturday for the Working People’s Day of Action to demand an end to an economy that's rigged in favor of the wealthiest and most powerful. More photos here.