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Discussion Supreme Ct.-AFSCME Outside Telling of Union Importance

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 03:23 pm

Published on Jan 12, 2016

Something important happened inside the Supreme Court on January 11th. But something just as important happened outside.

Published on Jan 12, 2016

Something important happened inside the Supreme Court on January 11th. But something just as important happened outside.

AFSCME members Stephen Mittons and Dovard Howard joined dozens of other public employees on the steps of the Court to reiterate the vital role their unions play in helping them serve their communities. As they spoke, inside the nine justices were hearing arguments in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association.
Stephen is a child protective investigator. He spoke to the crowd about how his union advocates for the resources he needs to keep Chicago’s most vulnerable children safe. Dovard ensures that his Southern California community has clean, safe drinking water. 

Dovard and Stephen know that this upcoming Supreme Court case is just the next step in a decades-long campaign by corporate CEOS and wealthy special interests trying to make it even harder for working to come together, speak up, and get ahead. 

As AFSCME members, we know that rich and powerful corporate interests want to weaken our union. That’s why, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, we must continue to fight together. We must never quit.

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Discussion What Would Happen if the Court Kneecapped the Unions? We’re about to find out.

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 07:47 pm

We already know that there is a difference between unions surviving and “prospering.” That is sort of the point. After Scott Walker pushed through his 2011 right-to-work initiative and gutted public-sector unions’ collective-bargaining rights, Wisconsin’s public union membership dropped by 70 percent.

Discussion ALERT! ALERT! Mandatory Union Fees Getting Hard Look by Supreme Court

by Kathleen McCook on Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 01:14 pm

 The court’s decision, expected by June, will affect millions of government workers of all kinds and may deal a sharp financial and political blow to public unions. 

 The court’s decision, expected by June, will affect millions of government workers of all kinds and may deal a sharp financial and political blow to public unions. 

Mr. Elrich and nine other California teachers have sued the union, saying that they are being forced to pay to support positions with which they disagree, in violation of the First Amendment. Their lawsuit, if it is successful, will be the culmination of a decades-long legal campaign to undermine public unions.

 

 

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Discussion Joe Hill-100 Years Gone but Not Forgotten

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 03:56 pm

Joe Hill saw his music as a weapon in the class war, composing songs to be sung on soapboxes, picket lines or in jail. And 100 years ago today, the forces of capital and the state of Utah executed him.

Anywhere But Utah - The Songs of Joe Hill

Joe Hill saw his music as a weapon in the class war, composing songs to be sung on soapboxes, picket lines or in jail. And 100 years ago today, the forces of capital and the state of Utah executed him.

Anywhere But Utah - The Songs of Joe Hill

Chicago musician and scholar Bucky Halker is honoring the centennial with a CD of new interpretations of Hill’s music, “Anywhere But Utah—The Songs of Joe Hill,” taking his title from Hill’s dying wish that his remains be transported out of state because he didn’t want “to be found dead in Utah.” The album includes such familiar Hill classics as "The Preacher and the Slave," "There is Power in a Union" and "Rebel Girl" as well as some surprising obscurities, like the wistfully romantic "Come and Take a Joy-Ride in My Aeroplane."

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Discussion Why school librarians are on strike in Seattle

by Elaine Harger on Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 06:57 pm

Union Library Workers blog has a report by me (Elaine Harger, school librarian in Seattle) about why we are on strike.  Here's the url:

http://unionlibraryworkers.blogspot.com/2015/09/why-are-school-librarian...

Discussion Seattle Education Association on Strike-Includes Librarians!

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 02:07 pm

 

 Seattle Education Association on Strike

 
Yesterday marked the first day of strike action in thirty years by the Seattle Education Association

Elaine Harger (right) and a colleague, an ELL teacher

 

 

 Seattle Education Association on Strike

 
Yesterday marked the first day of strike action in thirty years by the Seattle Education Association

Elaine Harger (right) and a colleague, an ELL teacher

 

"My contribution to the line was copies of the lyrics to Solidarity Forever and recruiting our choir teacher to lead us in song, which he happily, joyfully, loudly, and beautifully did.  The sense of unity was powerful!"  

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Elaine Harger

 

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Discussion School librarians in Seattle vote with SEA to strike if contract not reached

by Elaine Harger on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 08:22 pm

Here is a post from my colleague Craig Seasholes about the strike vote last night in Seattle.

http://bookmansbytes.blogspot.com/2015/09/solidarity-forever-union-makes-us-strong.html

Discussion Labor Day-3 cheers Mineola

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 09:44 am

Happy LABOR DAY. Thanks to Sarah Barriage who posts at UNION LIBRARY WORKERS.

Latest is success of Workers at Mineola Memorial Library who  have a new six-year collective agreement, retroactive to June 2012. The agreement includes increases in wages, longevity bonuses, and employer contributions to dental and optical insurance. The library workers are represented by the Library Employees Unit of the United Public Service Employees Union.

Happy LABOR DAY. Thanks to Sarah Barriage who posts at UNION LIBRARY WORKERS.

Latest is success of Workers at Mineola Memorial Library who  have a new six-year collective agreement, retroactive to June 2012. The agreement includes increases in wages, longevity bonuses, and employer contributions to dental and optical insurance. The library workers are represented by the Library Employees Unit of the United Public Service Employees Union.

http://unionlibraryworkers.blogspot.com/2015/08/new-contract-for-mineola-library-workers.html

 

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Event Labor and African American History Bus Tour at ALA Annual in San Francisco

by Jennifer Dorning on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 08:39 am

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

The roots of labor and African American history run deep in San Francisco. A. Philip Randolph touched off the modern civil rights movement from San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb in 1935 when he convinced the AFL-CIO to certify the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and ban segregation in the labor movement. Other historic labor events and activities include the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934, support for the Montgomery bus boycott, the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, anti-apartheid activities, and the church-labor coalition.

San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail tours the sites where African American pioneers locally changed the world. One of the most dominant features of Fisherman’s Wharf is the public art of Sargent Johnson, whose work adorns the front and back of the main building of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park as well as the stadium of George Washington High School. Among those who drew inspiration from his work were Maya Angelou and Johnny Mathis, as they matriculated there. Just up Hyde Street from the Maritime Park is the Russian Hill mansion where Langston Hughes wrote and partied with the Hollywood upper crust in 1934-35. Also near the waterfront is the apartment where Alex Haley wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X and ROOTS.

The joint labor and African American Freedom Trail tour will be led by Oxford University Press historian and Trail curator John William Templeton. Raise your cultural awareness of our conference host city with the knowledge of where movements were born and the greats drew their inspiration.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

Time: 9:30am, tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Depending on demand, more times may be added.

Departs from: the passenger loading zone on the south side of Mission Street midway between 3rd and 4th Street directly behind the Moscone Convention Center.

Cost: $25

Register at: http://www.californiablackhistory.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=58

Questions? Contact Jennifer Dorning at 202-638-0320 ext. 114 or jdorning@dpeaflcio.org.

Please note: this tour is not sponsored by ALA or RUSA.

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Discussion New Contract for Erie County Library Workers

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 09:30 pm

See Union Library Workers blog:

New Contract for Erie County Library Workers

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Unions contribute to a stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.Library workers in public, academic and school libraries have organized in unions for better wages, working conditions and benefits. Unionization as a human right was included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Article 23 when the UDHR was issued in 1948. Sixty years later, unions continue to be viewed as fundamental to democracy.

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