Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.
On May 20, Communications Workers of America (CWA) members joined hundreds of other Arizonans at End the Filibuster rallies in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff to increase the pressure on Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly to declare their support for ending the filibuster. A few days later, at the Arizona Democratic Party’s state convention, members passed resolutions calling for Sinema and Kelly to work to end the filibuster and support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. CWA Local 7050 member and Arizona Democratic Party Labor Council Co-Chair Angel Wells helped circulate the PRO Act resolution and spoke in favor of its passage at the meeting.
“For too long, union members have worked tirelessly to elect politicians who promise to support us then use the filibuster as an excuse for why they cannot pass legislation like the PRO Act that addresses our needs and builds union member power,” said Wells. “We are tired of getting the runaround. It’s time for our senators to stand on the side of getting things done for working people.”