The White House Summit on Worker Voice—Affiliate CALL TO ACTION!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


TO:                 Affiliate Chief Executive Officers

FROM:             Marc H. Morial                                             

                      President and Chief Executive Officer 

                      Don Cravins, Jr.

                      SVP for Policy

RE:                White House Summit on Worker Voice – Affiliate Opportunity to Participate via Watch Party

DATE:           September 28, 2015

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the White House will convene a “Summit on Worker Voice” in Washington, DC. The Summit will focus on how workers can make their voices heard in the workplace in ways that are good for workers and businesses.  In his September 7th Labor Day remarks before the Greater Boston Labor Council, President Obama stated:

“…I believe that all workplaces should reflect the worth and the dignity of our working families. And that’s why we fought for worker safety. That’s why we fight for the right to organize. That’s why we’re hosting the White House Summit on Worker Voice…to make sure that working Americans share in the blessings of this country, and why people who aren’t in unions right now need to understand why unions are so important.”

Recognizing the historical relationship between worker rights issues and the civil rights movement, the White House reached out to the National Urban League and other civil rights organizations for their insights on worker rights in a pre-summit discussion on the challenges and opportunities related to worker voices in the workplace. Because it is impossible to have everyone concerned about worker rights represented here in Washington, DC, the White House is reaching out across the country to include all individuals, employers, and communities that wish to participate through special local “Watch Parties.” They especially want to insure that national community based organizations – such as the Urban League Movement – have the opportunity to participate in this important Summit.

If you are interested in hosting a Watch Party, the White House, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, has provided the following tools to assist you:

–       A special site where you can sign up as a host:

–       Access to a helpful Watch Party toolkit to assist you:

Should you have any questions or need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne Bergeron, Senior Legislative Director, Workforce, Civil Rights, and Social Services directly by phone at 202-629-5752 or by email at

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