The rally will start at 5 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Circuit City store at 1750 Highway 36 W. (The store is located on Fairview Ave. just south of Highway 36).
Stewart Acuff, organizing director for the national AFL-CIO, will lead the action.
On March 28, in a move the company called "realigning its cost and expense structure," Circuit City fired 3,400 store employees because they were being paid hourly wages above the national retail average. New workers were hired at lower pay. Meanwhile, all of Circuit City's top executives make more than $3 million a year, including President and CEO Philip Schoonover, whose latest compensation package topped $7.5 million.
"While Circuit City's executives pull in millions of dollars a year, the company is firing employees for making more per hour than the national average," the AFL-CIO said in announcing the rally. "It just doesn't seem fair."
The AFL-CIO is calling on U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to sponsor the Employee Free Choice Act, which would level the playing field for workers like those at Circuit City and help rebuild America's middle class. The U.S. House of Representatives passed EFCA in March; a Senate floor vote is expected in early summer.
For more information
Visit the AFL-CIO's special webpage on the Employee Free Choice Act, www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/