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June 03, 2009

Club and Labor Coalition Rally for Employee Free Choice Act in Denver


On May 21 in Denver, volunteers and staff from the Sierra Club and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied to demonstrate their joint support for the Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA.

"We biked and walked to the home offices of U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to hand-deliver more than 400 letters collected by SEIU, expressing personal support for fair living wages and new green jobs as a part of the New Energy Economy," says Colorado Sierra Club organizer Roger Singer. Ralliers met downtown, then headed by foot or bike to the Senators' offices.

The day before the rally, Club organizers Karin Lee and Marie Bergen helped send out an e-mail action alert to all Rocky Mountain Chapter members. "We had had nearly 500 e-mails from Sierra Club members show up in just 18 hours to each office's inbox supporting EFCA!" says Singer, pictured below, speaking.


At Udall's office, several of his staffers joined ralliers as they hand-delivered the letters to Udall's state director. "When we repeated the letter delivery at Bennet's office, we were told only four people could come in for security reasons. So we brought their staff out to the hallway to see the large, diverse group, and Bennie Milliner, Bennet's labor issues staffer, stayed around to chat afterwards." Below, Milliner accepts the letters from Singer.

Singer was asked to be the group spokesperson because SEIU wanted to stress the Sierra Club's support for EFCA. The morning of the rally, he was interviewed on Denver/Boulder’s KGNU community radio. (Listen to the 5-minute broadcast here. Go to May 21 "Morning Magazine" in the listings and click on the yellow "listen" symbol. The interview starts at the 18:00 mark.) He was also featured on the 5:00p.m.broadcast of Air America with Mario Solis-Marich on June 3. (Singer's interview starts about 23 minutes in.) 

As well, Univision, the largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S., filmed the event at Udall's office, including the gathering outside and the delivery of letters to Udall's staff, and spoke on air with an Hispanic SEIU member.

"It was a fun and productive public visibility action to demonstrate our support for the Employee Free Choice Act with our labor partners," says Singer.


Top two photos by Roger Singer. Bottom two photos by Cindy Kirby.


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