Spirit of St. Louis takes aim at why “right-to-work” is wrong

A delegation from the WFSE/AFSCME Communications Committee went to St. Louis last week to join a vibrant convention of the International Labor Communications Association.

The ILCA, meeting a few days before this week’s national AFL-CIO Convention across the street, took aim at “right-to-work.”

WFSE/AFSCME’s Director of Field Services Megan Parke joined the high-power panel on why “right-to-work” is wrong. She outlined to the packed opening session WFSE/AFSCME's multi-level initiative to fight back, including our ongoing and successful 100% Union effort and the new Member Connection Center going live statewide Nov. 6.

The panel also included AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka; Nora Loreto, Canadian Association of Labor Media; MaryBe McMillan, North Carolina AFL-CIO; and David Cook, UFCW Local 655, St. Louis. They hammered home why “right-to-work" is wrong — and why sticking with our unions and negotiating our contracts to sustain our families is right.

More on the panel and why the discussion is timely as the United States Supreme Court considers the Janus v. AFSCME “right-to-work” case:

• Also from the ILCA Convention (courtesy of People’s World):

Have a little faith: Union leader preaches the “union gospel”

ST. LOUIS—Constant attacks on the rights of working people by the current administration occupying the White House have put the labor movement on the defensive across the country. The tough fight to spread the narrative about union power, push back the threat of anti-labor policies, and protect shrinking unions can make the outlook for the labor movement seem bleak.

But North Carolina AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan is offering a bit of hope—and faith—for winning more working people to labor. Encouraging unionists to become “evangelists for labor,” she says members need to take a page from the faith community and start spreading the “Good News” of unionization. It’s an approach tailored for the South, but she says it has relevance far beyond.

Speaking at this year’s International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) convention on a panel entitled “Confronting Right to Work and Building a Workers’ Movement,” McMillan offered advice to labor journalists and communications staff combatting the threat of “right to work” in their states. Moderated by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the panel also included Nora Loreto, representing the Canadian Association of Labour Media; David Cook, president of the UFCW Local 655 in St. Louis; and Megan Parke, director of field services for AFSCME Council 28 in Washington state.

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