Billy Bragg, Lucy Dacus, Will Butler of Arcade Fire, and several artists tapped into the Working Family Party for a new series of conversation and performances starting tomorrow, International Workers Day (May 1), to raise awareness on Protection of the Right to Organize Law (PRO Act). Several other artists-including Toshi Reagon, Aloe Blacc, Thursday, Kyp Malone, and Anti-Flag-will be performing work songs as part of the ongoing Jammin ’for Jobs series.
The events will take place at the Working Family Party Instagram page. The program will begin tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the East with a talk between Billy Bragg and Sara Steffens, the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Communications Workers. The conversation was followed by a talk between Boston-based musician Anjimile and Darlene Lombos of the Greater Boston Labor Council. The full schedule for the talks and performances will be shared via Instagram in the coming days.
The PRO Act, for which President Joe Biden expressed support early this week, expand union membership reduction in the United States and increase employee protections from collective bargaining employer interference. The bill passed the House of Representatives in March however the Senate was not expected to pass because of expectations Republican filtering.
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