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Workers First caravan drives through Redding

Workers across the country calling for racial and economic justice.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 8:32 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Workers across the country calling for racial and economic justice. On June 17, the American Federation of Labor and Congress Industrial held its national day of action.

People in Redding, joining in on the movement. Workers drove through the city in a caravan, to show their support for essential workers. The caravan made stops At SHASTA REGIONAL Hospital and Redding City Hall.

People stood along Cypress Avenue, holding their signs saying “Workers First” and “Support Our Heroes”.

“It's been difficult, there's a lot of pressure and there's a lot of overtime,” said Ray Thomas, the President of the Five Counties Central Labor Council.

“All of the members of our delegation, for the most part, are working unprecedented hours.”

The goal is to shed light on racial and economic injustice. But to also call to attention worker’s rights during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The essential workers are a broad range, from construction, through the building trades, to the electrical workers our water workers, our pipefitters, or cement masons,” said Thomas.

“These are classifications of our workers that are represented through the delegation here.”

The caravan was originally planned for June 3.

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