Thousands Rally at Capitol for Workers' Rights
An estimated 6,000 people attended the "Mountaineer Workers Rising" rally at the state Capitol Saturday afternoon, traveling from across West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
Sponsored by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, the rally brought in state and national union leaders alike to speak out against many Republican lead initiatives they say will hurt workers in West Virginia, including a scale back of the state's prevailing wage, right to work, charter schools, and a weakening of mine safety regulations.
An estimated 6,000+ people attended the "Mountaineer Workers Rising" rally at the state Capitol today. More photos at wvpublic.org. #wvwrkers A video posted by West Virginia Public News (@wvpublicnews) on Mar 7, 2015 at 2:46pm PST
“If some people thought they could divide us they were sadly mistaken," AFL-CIO president Kenny Perdue told the crowd. " This is a sign that all of us are together and believe me, when we’re all together we will not be stopped.”
Other speakers at the rally included American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts.