Showcasing union pride in 140 characters or less

#unionmember logoWhat do rock stars, baseball players, and news reporters have in common?

They belong to unions.

This Labor Day, people who work in the sports, entertainment and news media industries—baseball players, actors, recording artists, Broadway performers, broadcasters and more—are coming together on Twitter to celebrate unions They all know that it’s a tough climb to make it to the top. Fortunately, they have unions to thank for the healthcare, fair wages, and other union advantages they received along the way.

So this weekend, union members from across the spectrum are uniting on Twitter with a common purpose: to talk about the advantages of being a #unionmember … in 140 characters or less.

Just a few of the celebrities participating this year include Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, Minnesota outfielder Michael Cuddyer, Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson, CSI:NY star Hill Harper, Breaking Bad star R.J. Mitte, lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters Chris Shiflett, Make it or Break It actress Candace Cameron Bure, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones, Pittsburg closer Joel Hanrahan,  award-winning broadcast journalist and reporter for KCBS in San Francisco Bob Butler, and Actors’ Equity members from across the country.

But we’re not just reaching out to celebs and athletes. We want #unionmember to be a trending topic, and we really need your help! If you’re a Twitter user, send out a message with the hashtag #unionmember during Labor Day weekend, and help us showcase the strength, solidarity, and diversity of our country’s unions. Then if you want, check out our website to see what celebrities are tweeting!Twitter logo

The Tweet-a-Thon is a fun and effective way to shine the spotlight on the advantages that unions bring—to their members, to our economy, and to the middle class. And it wouldn’t have been possible without help from Actors’ Equity, AFTRA,  the Screen Actors Guild, and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Remember, Labor Day isn’t just a day to commemorate the protections, rights, and opportunities that labor unions and workers’ rights advocates have achieved in years past.  It’s also an opportunity  to broadcast the critical role unions play today for all workers-in showbiz and in every industry. Join us!

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