Workers across the globe mark International Workers’ Day today with rallies, demonstrations and social media, continuing the fight for fair labor practices. Among those rallying: women garment workers in Bangladesh, low-wage McDonald’s workers in the United Kingdom, and self-described #cybercoolies—that is, underpaid IT workers—in India.
Participants in the U.S. include throngs of teachers in Puerto Rico protesting the closure of public schools, members of the California Labor Federation, CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress in New York City, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, and labor activists in Chicago, where the Haymarket Affair inspired the first International Workers’ Day in 1886. See AFT’s Share My Lesson resources for teaching about workers’ rights and the labor movement. https://sharemylesson.com/collections/labor-day-union-history-social-justice