For the third consecutive Labor Day, American Rights at Work organized the #unionmember Tweet-a-Thon – connecting actors, athletes, writers, entertainers, rank-and-file union members, and workers’ rights supporters nationwide to share the value of unions and what it means to be a #unionmember through Twitter. We were proud to once again partner with Actors’ Equity, MLB Players Association, NFL Players Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Writers Guild of America, East, to take over Labor Day on Twitter.
By the end of the holiday weekend, 11.7 million people saw tweets about the advantages of being a #unionmember on the field, the set, and the factory floor. Union members and their supporters collectively sent over 11,000 tweets to celebrate the role unions play in our workplaces and economy, creating an incredible 43.8 million impressions.
Tweet-a-Thon participants included “Happy Days” legend Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real), Daily Show co-creater Lizz Winstead (@LizzWinstead), screenwriter Delia Ephron (@deliaephron), “Anchorman” and “The Candidate” screenwriter Adam McKay (@GhostPanther), Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett (@ChrisShiflett71), “Conan” sidekick Andy Richter (@Andy_Richter), and “Office” stars Kate Flannery (@KateFlannery) and Angela Kinsey (@AngelaKinsey).
Football players standing up for unions included Brian Cushing (@briancushing56) of the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09). MLB players like Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) and Detroit ace Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) took time off the diamond to share their #unionmember pride. Justin even held a Twitter-chat as part of the festivities!
Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) Emmy-nominated actor and activist
Happy Labor Day! Have fun & think of folks who fought for 40 hr week, workplace safety, pensions & health, middle class wages! #unionmember
Chris Gorham (@ChrisGorham) “Covert Affairs” star
RT if you’re a #unionmember! Happy #LaborDay from this proud #SAGAFTRA #unionmember !
Francis Jue (@fjue) Obie-winning actor
Acting is my passion. It’s also how I make my living. Proud to be a #unionmember with @ActorsEquity and @sag-AFTRA!!
Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor, star of “Raising Hope” and “The Goonies”
Happy Labor day from this proud union member! Enjoy this holiday made possible by the workers of America!
Andy Richter (@Andy_Richter) actor/writer/comedian, “Conan”
Happy Labor Day from this unionmember (SAG-AFTRA & Writers Guild)! Was also in the Grocery Workers union in 1985, but I let that lapse.
Iqbal Theba (@iqbaltheba) star of “Glee”
Workers of the world, Unite! Happy Labor Day weekend. #UnionMember #sagaftramember
Jose Bautista (@joeybats19) Toronto outfielder
Have a great #LaborDay Weekend! Happy to be a #UnionMember for the @MLB_PLAYERS, always united to create and improve our workplace!!
Jason Heyward (@JasonHeyward) Atlanta outfielder
Here’s to a Happy Labor Day weekend! Proud to be a part of the @MLBplayers Union! #UnionMember
Brian Cushing (@briancushing56) Houston Texans linebacker
Always proud to be an @NFLPA member especially this Labor Day. See why here: bit.ly/OGmTEb #UnionMember. RT!
Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) Chicago Bears placekicker
Wishing all #Bears fans a fun & safe Labor Day. Proud to be an @NFLPA player rep today: http://bit.ly/OGmTEb #UnionMember. RT!
Tom Morello (@tmorello) famed guitarist, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and the Nightwatchman
While May 1st is the REAL ‘Labor Day’, a shout out to everyone who is a fellow #unionmember today!
Elliott Kalan (@ElliottKalan) comedy writer, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
This Labor Day weekend, I’m recognizing how much I owe to my union and those who fought for the rights I possess as a result. #unionmember I mainly plan to do that by wearing my union suit-style long underwear despite the South Carolina heat being unbearable. #unionmember
Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) writer, “The Late Show with David Letterman”
Hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day Weekend. I’m proud to be a member of the Writers Guild of America #UnionMember #StayStrongTogether