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Women assembly for " International Working Women's Day"

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WILSON, N.C. - On Saturday, dozens of women gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day in Wilson.

To commemorate the day, the Southern Worker’s Assembly and Black Workers for Justice Women’s Commission held an assembly and speak out at the Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education.

The celebration featured a discussion and workshops.

Women from the tobacco, fast food, medical, and public works industries were all represented at Saturday’s assembly.

Some of the topics of discussion centered on equal pay, safety concerns, and workers rights.

“Our legislators have got this thing that we want freebies or we want to get something sitting back to get a handout. We don’t want a handout, we want what belongs to us, what we earned, and what labor for,” said UE 150 member and healthcare worker Janice Stanes.

Women expressed their concern about their rights to assembly and express their concerns to management in the work place. Former fast food supervisor, Crystal Johnson, says she noticed this when she moved from New York to North Carolina.

“What I see right now it’s still many years behind, especially in North Carolina.  The fact that people don’t speak up and they are afraid to lose their jobs. They get a little job and they hold on to it and they will deal with whatever someone throws their way because they’re afraid of not having that job,” Johnson.

Speakers at the assembly shared information on organizations, unions, and groups workers could go to, to voice their concerns.

“I'm hoping that we can get more workers.  I want them to see the that the movement is very important,” said fast food worker Jaquoya Smith

For more information on International Working Women's Day click here.

For more information on The Southern Workers Assembly click here.

For more information on Black Workers for Justice  click here.

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