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Today in labor history for the week of May 25, 2015

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May 25
Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken – 1805

Philip Murray is born in Scotland. He went on to emigrate to the U.S., become founder and first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1940 until his death in 1952 – 1886

Two company houses occupied by non-union coal miners are blown up and destroyed during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Co. in Wheeling, W. Va. – 1925

Thousands of unemployed WWI veterans arrive in Washington, D.C., to 2015.05.25 history wwi.vetsdemand early payment of a bonus they had been told they would get, but not until 1945. They built a shantytown near the U.S. Capitol but were burned out by U.S. troops after two months – 1932

The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike begins. The strike spawned the “Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) formula,” described by investigators as a corporate plan to discredit union leaders, frighten the public with the threat of violence, employ thugs to beat up strikers, and other tactics. The National Labor Relations Board termed the formula “a battle plan for industrial war” – 1936

The AFL-CIO begins what is to become an unsuccessful campaign for a 35-hour workweek, with the goal of reducing unemployment. Earlier tries by organized labor for 32- or 35-hour weeks also failed – 1962

May 26
Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, R.I., stage nation’s first “co-ed” strike – 1824

Western Federation of Miners members strike for 8-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colo. – 1894

2015.05.25 history copingActors’ Equity Assn. is founded by 112 actors at a meeting in New York City’s Pabst Grand Circle Hotel. Producer George M. Cohan responds: “I will drive an elevator for a living before I will do business with any actors’ union.” Later a sign will appear in Times Square reading: “Elevator operator wanted. George M. Cohan need not apply” – 1913
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IWW Marine Transport Workers strike, Philadelphia – 1920

Some 100,000 steel workers and miners in mines owned by steel companies strike in seven states. The Memorial Day Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed by police at Republic Steel in Chicago, took place four days later, on May 30 – 19372015.05.25 history battle.of.overpass

Ford Motor Co. security guards attack union organizers and supporters attempting to distribute literature outside the plant in
Dearborn, Mich., in an event that was to become known as the “Battle of the Overpass.” The guards tried to destroy any photos showing the attack, but some survived—and inspired the Pulitzer committee to establish a prize for photography – 1937

May 27
The U.S. Supreme Court declares the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional, about a month before it was set to expire – 1935

The CIO-affiliated Insurance Workers of America merges with its AFL counterpart, the Insurance Agents International Union to form the Insurance Workers International Union. The union later became part of the United Food and Commercial Workers – 1959

May 28
The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York – 1835

Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot. They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy – 1912

2015.05.25 history rochester.gen.strikeAt least 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., participate in a general strike in support of municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union – 1946

May 29
Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the feature as clowns who go to “hit the big boss for a raise” – 1941

A contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government establishes one of the nation’s first union medical and pension plans, the multi-employer UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund – 1946

The United Farm Workers of America reaches agreement with Bruce Church Inc. on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system – 1996

UAW members at General Motors accept major contract concessions in return for 17.5 percent stake in the financially struggling company – 2009

May 30
The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who made the trip, including Walter Reuther, a tool and die maker who later was to become the UAW’s president, returned home with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer – 19292015.05.25 history bye.america
(Bye, America: The transfer of work to other countries has escalated since Reuther’s day. In this book, young readers learn that their contemporary, Brady, is proud of his dad and wants to be just like him, working at the factory and making useful things. But that dream dies when his dad goes to work one day and is told that the factory is closing and the work is being sent to China.)

In what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago, killing ten and wounding more than 160 – 1937

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Score Victories In Pay and Organizing, Help Others in Community

WASHINGTON, DC– Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

LA City Council Approves Wage Win: The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure this week that would raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, a raise from the current $9 minimum wage. Once implemented, LA will join cities such as Seattle and San Francisco in raising the minimum wage to $15.

DoubleTree Workers Outsmart Harvard Union Opposition: Thanks to a major organizing win last month, approximately 130 workers at the Hilton DoubleTree Suites Hotel in Cambridge, MA will become members of UNITE HERE! Local 26.  The hard-fought, two-year campaign was opposed by Hilton and Harvard University. The workers, many of them immigrant housekeepers, cited unfair hours and unsafe conditions as reasons for voting to form a union.

Union Brothers and Sisters Win in ‘City of Brotherly Love’: Workers for the Philadelphia-based manufacturing company Chemson voted to join ICWUC/UFCW after uniting over issues with poor pay and unfair hours. Workers also pointed to lack of respect on the job and unsafe working conditions as reasons to form a union.

Facebook ‘Shares’ Wealth, Workers Give Move a ‘Like’: Facebook announced earlier this month that it will require U.S. contractors and vendors to pay their employees at least $15 an hour and offer paid-time-off for sick days and vacation. The tech giant will also mandate that contractors take steps to ensure paid parental leave.

Workers Reach Out to Help Aspiring Americans Apply for Citizenship: Earlier this month, members of the Pennsylvania-based UFCW Local 1776 held an immigration workshop where trained members assisted aspiring Americans in filling out their applications to apply for citizenship. The workshop, part of UFCW’s Union Citizenship Action Network program, helped workers at local JBS and Cargill plants, and is part of a nationwide effort to help those seeking citizenship.

Big Easy Teachers Work Hard to Form Union: Last month, teachers belonging to the United Teachers of New Orleans, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, secured its first collective-bargaining contract in the past decade at Benjamin Franklin High School. The teachers began to organize in 2014, citing issues with pay inequality.

NYC Mayor de Blasio to Launch ‘Day-of-Action’ for Workers Following Report: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that his office will launch a ‘day-of-action’ to address reports that workers in the nail salon industry are facing ‘deplorable conditions’ including unsafe workspaces and pay less than minimum wage.

New AFL-CIO Report Highlights Reasons Why TPP Is Not the Answer to Trade Issues with China

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(Washington, DC) – On a conference call today, AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers and Roosevelt Institute Senior Economist Adam Hersh described the reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the solution to improving China’s trade policies.

The U.S.-China Economic Relationship: The TPP is Not the Answer,” report explains why the TPP will have no effect on the way China sets its trade policy. It debunks claims that failure to pass TPP will allow China to set the rules of international trade.

“From what we know about the TPP, it’s a low-standards agreement from the perspective of working people.  It would solidify a model of globalization that drives wages and public interest policies down, it wouldn’t address job killing currency manipulation, and it could allow China to reap the benefits of the agreement without joining,” said Silvers. “It would undermine efforts to raise wages in China and to revive U.S. manufacturing. Congress must reject the notion that ‘TPP at any cost’ is worth it.  A corporate-driven TPP cedes important American values and hurts working families in the process.”

“The argument that TPP can counterbalance China’s rising economic power in the region holds no water,” said Hersh.  “In fact, Chinese policymakers are eager to see TPP completed for the opportunity to expand their economic footprint across Asia.”

A digitized replay of the call is available from today at 12:30 pm to 5/21/15 at 12:30 pm EST.

Telephone:   (USA) (800) 475-6701     (International) (320) 365-3844        Access Code: 360686

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House Bill Provides Chance for Expanded, Long-term Highway/Transit Funding Legislation

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Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in advance of a House vote on a short-term extension of expiring highway and transit investment programs:

“Today we are urging a YES vote on H.R. 2353, a short-term extension of expiring highway/transit programs that will keep pressure on lawmakers and the President to complete a long-term bill this summer.

“It is a sad state when a two month legislative extension is a victory. But we called for this action. A short-term bill through July gives a chance to build momentum around a longer-term funding bill that gives states and businesses the certainty they need, boosts middle class job creation, and ends the mindless, short-sighted game of patchwork extensions.

“If lawmakers squander the chance this summer to craft a bipartisan, long-term bill that expands funding, the nation will be doomed to years of transportation decay and gridlock with no end in sight. And the voters will be left with no one to blame but the people they send to Washington.”

May 18, 1928

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William “Big Bill” Haywood – founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World, member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of America, secretary of the Western Federation of Miners, and an advocate of industrial unionism – dies in the Soviet Union where he had fled after having been found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison under the Espionage Act of 1917.

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May 16, 1934

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When employers refuse to recognize their union, members of the Minneapolis General Drivers and Helpers Union Local 574 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters go on strike, bringing trucking operations in the city to a halt. Despite a concerted and violent effort by employers, the police, and military, the strike ended successfully and was a turning point in Minneapolis labor history.

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MAY 15, 2015 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
Senior Field Representative (OH), Campaigns Department, Midwest Region Ohio
Lead Data Coordinator – Campaigns Department, Northeast Region – PA  Pennsylvania
Publications Production Coordinator, Communications Department  District of Columbia
Deputy National Campaign Manager, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
National Young Worker Program Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Field Communications Regional Coordinator, Communications Department, Northeast Region – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont (National search)
Director of Speech Writing and Publications, Communications Department  District of Columbia
Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department – Midwest Region – Iowa, Missouri
Senior Field Representative, Campaigns Department  Arizona, Colorado
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia
Development Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Fellow, Communications Department District of Columbia

AFL-CIO (Union Summer)
Site Coordinators, Los Angeles, Jackson, St. Louis, New York City:  California, Mississippi, Missouri, New York

AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees)
Field Legislative & Political Action Organizer  Texas
Education Specialist, Field Services & Education Department  District of Columbia

ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association, International)
Sr. Communications Specialist, Herndon  Virginia

CNA/NNU (California Nurses Association (CNA) / National Nurses United (NNU) AFL-CIO)
Social Media Specialist, Oakland  California

CSEA (AFSCME, Local 1000, New York)
Deputy Director of Communications, Albany New York


CTA (California Teachers Association)
Communications Consultant/Digital Editor, Burlingame, CA  California


CTW (Change to Win)
Digital Communications Organizer – Justice for Port Drivers/Teamsters
, Long Beach  California

CWA (Communications Workers of America)
Paid Legislative Internship  District of Columbia

HTC (NY & NJ Hotel Workers’ Union)
Video Communications Supervisor New York

Iron Workers (International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers)
Strategic Researcher, Phoenix, Denver – Arizona, Colorado

IRLE (Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley)
Associate Chair for Don Vial Center, University of California, Berkeley (Posted: 4/28/2015) California

Jobs with Justice (Jobs With Justice Education Fund)
Digital Communications Associate  District of Columbia
Media Specialist  District of Columbia

MNA (Massachusetts Nurses Association)
Associate Director/ Communications Specialist  Massachusetts

NAGE (National Association of Government Employees / SEIU)
Legislative/ Communications Specialist, Alexandria, VA  District of Columbia

NEA (National Education Association)
Sr. Confidential Specialist (Training and Development), Human Resources  District of Columbia

NNU (National Nurses United)
Educator – Immediate Opening, San Francisco Bay area California

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
Summer Internship Opportunity, Harrisburg  Pennsylvania

PPMWS-CWA (Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector of Communications Workers of America)
Administrative Secretary-PPMWS (Exempt/Confidential), Pittsburgh  Pennsylvania

SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
 National Director, Organizing, Los Angeles National Office or New York National Office  California, New York

SEIU (Service Employees International Union (International Positions))
Senior Campaign Communications Specialist, District of Columbia

Senior Communications Specialist, Grade III, Oakland, Sacramento, or Los Angeles  California
Communications Coordinator –Airports Campaign Grade: D, Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; or New York, NY  District of Columbia, Illinois, New York

SEIU (Local 32BJ)
Member Communications Specialist, New York City  New York

SEIU (SEIU 775)
Political and Communications Specialist, based in Seattle  Washington

SEIU (SEIU Nevada, Local 1107)
Campaign Communications Specialist, Las Vegas  Nevada

SEIU (Local 1991)
Membership Data Specialist, Miami  Florida

SEIU UHW West, United Healthcare Workers West
Web Communications Specialist, Oakland or Los Angeles  California

Solidarity Center
Regional Program Director, Americas  District of Columbia

TTD (Transportation Trades Department)
Writer/Communications Specialist  District of Columbia

UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)
Assistant Communications Director, Making Change at Walmart  District of Columbia
Senior Bilingual Digital Communications Specialist  District of Columbia

UFT (United Federation of Teachers)
Assistant Press Secretary, New York City  New York

USLAW (U.S. Labor Against the War)
National Coordinator, (May be worked from any location.)

WDP (Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF))
Political Director, Dallas  Texas

Working America (a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO)
Social Media Associate  District of Columbia
Media Outreach Specialist  District of Columbia
Writer  District of Columbia

Working Families
Database Specialist, Brooklyn  New York

Working Washington
Campaign Online Organizer – Temporary, Based in Seattle  Washington state

WV FREE
Field Director for Reproductive Health Access, Charleston  West Virginia
Field Organizer
, Charleston  West Virginia

Community Comes Together To Say “I Stand With Postal Workers” In Manchester

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Yesterday, dozens gathered to show their support for the US Postal Service at a rally held in Manchester, NH in conjunction with a national day of action to support the American Postal Workers Union whose contract is set to expire.

During contract negotiations, the APWU has made the unprecedented move of bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table, insisting that quality service is crucial to maintaining a strong public Postal Service.

In addition to proposals that would protect good, stable jobs, postal workers are demanding extended hours at post offices to shorten customers’ wait time in line, an end to the closure of mail sorting centers, restoration of prompt mail delivery, and the addition of postal banking.

According to an April 27 Washington Post article titled, “It’s not just you: Letters really are taking longer to get delivered:”

  • A decision by the Postal Service this past January to abandon overnight mail delivery is causing severe delays in mail delivery.
  •  “Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days … arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.”

The Washington Post also reported on May 11 about outrageous delays for residents of rural communities in an article entitled, “Senators Press New Postmaster General on Troubled Rural Mail Service.”

The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, earned an operating profit in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and is on track to earn a substantial operating profit again in 2015. Although revenue from first-class mail has been declining, package volume – largely due to the growth of e-commerce – has been rapidly expanding.

“U.S. Postal Service executives and the agency’s Board of Governors are using a manufactured financial crisis to justify their strategy of reducing service, delaying mail delivery, and dismantling a great national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein in a previous statement.

“Postal workers are fighting for a vibrant, public Postal Service that expands hours, offers new services, and gives quality service to people across the country – no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they have,” Dimondstein stated..

 

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