May Day 2024: Celebrate Workers’ Victories Wednesday

Apr 30, 2024 | PDA News

We’ve Come a Long Way: Let’s Show Solidarity with our Working Brothers and Sisters

After the violent Haymarket Affair on May 4, 1886, in Chicago, Illinois, May 1st was designated as May Day, a day in support of workers, by an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions. Workers stood up against the 19th-century robber barons to get safer working conditions, shorter work weeks, and better pay and benefits.

2023 was momentous for the union movement. Under Shawn Fain’s leadership, the UAW secured favorable contracts from the Big Three automakers. Last week, Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted resoundingly to join the United Auto Workers union, the first auto plant in the South to unionize by election since the 1940s.

In Hollywood last summer, writers and actors secured gains after prolonged strikes. Workers in healthcare, casinos, and other service sector jobs went on strike to secure decent contracts. Amazon workers held strikes in 30 countries, and Starbucks employees struck across the U.S.

PDA stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working people everywhere against the depredations of modern-day robber barons…and we need your help. Here’s how:

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters,

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team