On Friday, I went to a cheery Campaign launch in Wellington for the latest Unite! minimum wage increase call – to raise the minimum to $15/hour.
We gathered at the Southern Cross in Abel Smith St, to be welcomed by Don Franks MC-ing, and a warm-up performance by the Union Choir, who sang stirringly and melodically.
Union Choir at Unite! Campaign launch
There were a few more speeches after the intro, then a time of social chitchat and networking was enjoyed by all.
Details of the new campaign can be found at Unite! website.
The Nation in it’s story Labor Day: Obama Returns to Union Heartlands quotes John Key lookalike, Barack Obama:
“It’s time you had a president who honors organized labor, who has walked on picket lines, who doesn’t choke on the word ‘union,’ who let’s our unions do what they do best and organize our workers and who will finally make the Employee Free Choice Act (legislation that would remove barriers to organizing) the law of the land.”
Hmm, Ok, maybe not.