Sunday: CNN Spotlighting Union Struggle to Save the Middle Class
Oscar-nominated Film Maker Takes Viewers "Inside" the Life of LIUNA Worker
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The final installment of Inside Man, airing this Sunday at 10 pm eastern on CNN, will focus on the real lives of those helping tow the line for America's middle class. Supersize Me star Morgan Spurlock, the series host, will interview long-time construction organizer Chaz Rynkiewicz about some of the challenges facing organized labor across the country.
Morgan spent the work day with Chaz Rynkiewicz, Local 79 Director of Organizing, finishing up at a worker rally in the heart of the city. Along the way, the two talked about the impact of limiting union membership growth. Sunday's installment also includes a discussion about the latest efforts in the state to renew the push for worker rights with leaders from "Build Up New York City" (BUNYC).
"We're so grateful that CNN is reporting such an under-covered story about how the corporate war on worker rights threatens the future of America's middle class," LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan says. "We face a middle class crisis, in which LIUNA organizers, along with Build Up New York City, are working to make a real difference."
Through the Mason Tenders District Council, LIUNA has been an early and strong supporter of BUNYC. The campaign is led by a coalition of labor unions dedicated to strengthening the middle class with safe jobs that offer fair wages, affordable health insurance and a secure retirement. Taking a variety of public awareness actions, the alliance promotes access to comprehensive training in order to prevent accidents and injuries at worksites. For more information, visit buildupnyc.org/about.
The Center for American Progress predicts that increasing union membership would result in higher average incomes for middle-class households, whose share of our nation's income has declined in correlation to reduced union membership. Average non-union construction employees are only able to earn about 35 percent less than the average union workers, according to the Current Population Survey.
Best known for his Academy Award nominated Supersize Me film, Spurlock marks his return to TV as host and producer with this one hour series. Since its June premiere, Inside Man has delved into a variety of pressing issues, from elder care to gun ownership, now wrapping up with a finale that features the story of the America's working men and women. So be sure to tune into CNN this Sunday at 10 pm eastern. For more information, visit insideman.blogs.cnn.com.
- Center for American Progress: Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle Class
- LIUNA: Unions Offer Better Wages, Training and Benefits
The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America. For the latest news, check out our media kit here.
SOURCE Laborers' International Union of North America