May Day! May Day! – May First Rally – Fight for Fifteen Dollars an Hour Minimum Wage and the Right to Unionize!

by Black Rose / Rosa Negra
A rally will be held on May Day, otherwise known as May First or International Workers’ Day, at the intersection of Burrstone Road and Genesee Street in Utica in front of McDonald’s from 5pm – 6:30pm. May Day is an international day of protest and has its roots in Chicago in 1886 when workers went on a general strike to demand an eight hour workday. On May 1, 2006 undocumented immigrants, their families and supporters staged the largest general strike in US history to demand immigration reform. Workers last year in Utica picketed in front of McDonald’s in North Utica and will do again today to join national calls in the Fight for Fifteen campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. This movement has already made waves in a number of municipalities and even companies that have implemented wage increases for workers.

This rally is being organized by the new activist group in Utica called Black Rose / Rosa Negra. Any and all workers and supporters are encouraged to come. Please bring signs, your coworkers and some energy!

For more information, contact 240-3149 or visit:

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