Media Advisory: The #Unionmember Advantage in 140 Characters

Celebrities Speak Out for Unions During Fourth Annual Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
CONTACT:
Ori Korin
(202) 822-2127 x126
okorin@americanrightsatwork.org

America’s athletes, actors, Broadway performers, recording artists, and broadcasters have one thing in common: they’re union members. So this Labor Day, they are standing in solidarity with their fellow union members and workers everywhere to celebrate the importance of having a voice on the job, whether on a field, film set, on the stage, or factory floor.

Throughout the weekend, union members and workers’ rights supporters across the country will tweet about the advantages of being a “#unionmember” – for themselves and for workers in each sector of the economy. And they’ll do it in 140 characters or fewer.

Just a few of the athletes and celebrities participating this year include: Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (@onemangang97); Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22); “Raising Hope” star Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff); novelist and Emmy-nominated “Late Show with David Letterman” writer Bill Scheft (@BillScheft); Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate); and New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson (@MartezWilson95).

As our country pays tribute to the contributions of workers throughout our nation’s history on Labor Day, a broad community of union members and their supporters will underscore the critical ways that unions continue to promote balance and fairness for all workers today.

The fourth annual Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon is a joint project of workers’ rights group Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work, and the country’s leading professional sports and entertainment unions, Actors’ Equity, MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, SAG-AFTRA, and WGAE.

Athletes and celebrities who participated in previous Labor Day Tweet-a-Thons include Detroit pitcher, 2011 Cy Young Award winner, and MVP Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander); Scandal star Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington); recording artist Dropkick Murphys (@dropkickmurphys), and countless AEA, MLBPA, NFLPA, SAG-AFTRA, and WGAE members.

For more information, visit http://www.unionmember.org. During Labor Day weekend, the site will display a round-up of celebrity tweets, as well as tweets from union members and supporters who use the #unionmember hashtag.

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CONTACTS:

Ori Korin
Jobs with Justice/American Rights at Work
(202) 822-2127 x126
okorin@americanrightsatwork.org
twitter.com/ARAW

Maria Somma
Actors’ Equity
(212) 869-8530 x425
(917) 560-3488 (cell)
msomma@actorsequity.org
twitter.com/ACTORSEQUITY

Greg Bouris
MLBPA
(212) 826-0808
gbouris@mlbpa.org
twitter.com/MLB_PLAYERS

Jilane Rodgers
NFLPA
(202) 756-9171
jilane.rodgers@nflplayers.com
twitter.com/NFLPA

Ryan Parker
NHLPA
(416) 313-2305
rparker@nhlpa.com
twitter.com/NHLPA

Pamela Greenwalt
SAG-AFTRA
(323) 440-2892
pamela.greenwalt@sagaftra.org
twitter.com/SAGAFTRA