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Uber drivers, airport workers join Fight for $15’s national day of strikes, action today

fight-fo-15As national political events continue their dramatic and troubling shift in a reactionary direction (click here to read about one particularly disturbing possible Labor Secretary in a Trump administration), one gets the sense that today’s national Fight for $15 “day of disruption” may be a harbinger of things to come.

This is from a story by Nadia Prupis for the website Common Dreams:

A nationwide day of action and disruption is set to take place on Tuesday, as workers from around the country and across industries are set to take part in strikes to show their refusal to back down in the face of an incoming right-wing political agenda.

The actions, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, will see airport baggage handlers, Uber drivers, fast-food cooks, cashiers, hospital workers, and others strike to disrupt the U.S. service economy. It marks the first time that Uber drivers will be joining in a Fight for $15 action, showing that the labor collective is growing, with gig workers protesting side by side with more traditional labor.

Protests are scheduled at 20 major airports and outside McDonald’s franchises throughout the country to “underscore that any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights or healthcare, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies, will be met with unrelenting opposition by workers in the Fight for $15,” the organization said Monday.

In addition to showing solidarity with immigrants, people of color, and workers nationwide, the actions will also take on Uber, a central figure in critiques of the U.S. “gig economy”—which many say exploits workers under the guise of offering them flexibility and autonomy.

The movement expects hundreds of events to take place around the country. Here in North Carolina, events will be taking place in Charlotte and Durham this morning, while a larger statewide rally is planned for Durham this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. That event will take place at 2220 N. Roxboro St. (corner of Club and Roxboro). It will be be led by low wage workers and feature an appearance by Rev.  William Barber of the state NAACP.

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