As the government shutdown became the longest in U.S. history, thousands of working people took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to send a clear message to the president and Congress to stop the shutdown and let federal government employees get to work. Thousands more rallied at other locations around the country.
Facing a politically motivated crisis, federal workers desperately need the solidarity and backing of our brothers and sisters. Leaping into action over recent days and weeks, the AFL-CIO has mobilized the full resources of the labor movement behind them.
With the support of affiliates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) successfully lobbied senators in halting consideration of any legislation until the government is reopened. Using our toll-free hotline, thousands of union members have contacted their senators to strengthen that effort.
In addition to the rally in D.C., we mobilized our state federations and central labor councils to turn out members for satellite rallies in dozens of communities across the country—from Colorado and Pennsylvania to Utah and Texas—demanding an immediate end to the shutdown and highlighting the fact that many of the workers locked out during the shutdown live outside of the nation's capital.
With each day that the shutdown drags on, the federation will expand and escalate our efforts. Working people won’t allow our brothers and sisters to be left out in the cold. We’re angry, we’re loud and we will be heard.
Here are what attendees said about the rallies in D.C. and around the country, using the hashtag #StopTheShutdown:
“If this shutdown continues to Saturday it will be our largest shutdown in history and this isn’t a record that anyone should be proud of, let’s call this shutdown what it is: It’s a Lockout. And this has to end NOW!” - @RichardTrumka at #StopTheShutdown Rally #1u— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) January 10, 2019
“Stop playing politics with our lives. End this lockout. Do your job and open the government so we can do our jobs.” -@RichardTrumka, @AFLCIO #StoptheShutdown #TrumpShutdown #Shutdown pic.twitter.com/X2xVsZyyyg— PFAW (@peoplefor) January 10, 2019
Outside the @IRSnews building in Kentucky telling Senate @gop to end this senseless government shutdown! All #Union members stand with our @AFGENational @AFLCIO sisters and brothers! pic.twitter.com/kbeHexc8cX— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) January 10, 2019
Members of @IATSELocal22 spent the morning setting up for today's #StopTheShutdown rally outside the @AFLCIO. We stand in #solidarity with all working people and demand an end to this unnecessary government shutdown! pic.twitter.com/hEgdGFymyV— IATSE (@IATSE) January 10, 2019
NALC rallying in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the AFL-CIO to end the government shutdown! pic.twitter.com/pE6PbG8yEQ— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) January 10, 2019
#Teamsters are standing with federal workers and other trade union allies at a rally in Washington, DC right now to demand an end to the government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of our union brothers and sisters are locked out or working without pay. #StopTheShutdown pic.twitter.com/TKzcQfUE9o— Teamsters (@Teamsters) January 10, 2019
Y’all, the wind chill is 26F in D.C. right now, and an enormous crowd of federal workers and allies have gathered in front of @AFLCIO to demand Trump reopen the government. Proud to be here.#TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/Zp7T3GJJln— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 10, 2019
Working people have had enough of this federal government lock out. Enough of the partisan games that are playing with people’s lives! RT to show what #1u solidarity looks like as workers march to the White House now! #StopTheShutDown pic.twitter.com/l78YfjBPJj— Liz Shuler (@lizshuler) January 10, 2019