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Marchers to Rally for Workers’ Rights

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EUGENE, Ore. — Marches and rallies are scheduled all over the world for worker’s rights on Thursday to recognize May Day.

A rally is planned in Eugene at the library quad on the University of Oregon campus, followed by a march to Johnson Hall.

Last year’s event was held at Kesey Square. This year, organizers chose the university for their location because they are shining the spotlight on labor in the public education system.

Demonstrators will show support for University of Oregon’s graduate teachers. Right now, the union representing them is in a tough bargaining session. They’ll also celebrate achievements that two unions made on campus.

The United Academics, the union for faculty staff, just unionized this year. Classified staff at the UO received raises for the first time in six years.

Aside from struggles and strides in education, demonstrators will also show support for the union for McKenzie-Willamette Hospital workers. They are in a tough bargaining session as well.

Turnout is expected to be in the hundreds. The rally begins at noon and the march is at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to attend.

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