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December 19, 1908

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The Union Labor Hospital in Eureka, California – created by newly unionized timber and mill workers as a charitable, non-profit organization – opens for patient care. After ninety years of service in the hospital field, Union Labor Hospital Association established the Union Labor Health Foundation in 1997.

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12-18-14 List Of Open Union Communications Positions From UnionJobs

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
Data Coordinator – Wisconsin, Campaigns Department – Midwest Region, Wisconsin
Campaign Coordinator – Ohio, Campaigns Department Midwest Region  Ohio
Popular Education Coordinator, Campaigns Department  District of Columbia
Communications Coordinator, Communications Department (MW Region)  Michigan
Organizing Field Communications Assistant, Organizing Department  District of Columbia
Development Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia

AFM (American Federation of Musicians)
Communications Director, New York  New York

AFSCME (Council 3)
Database Analyst and IT Coordinator, Baltimore  Maryland

AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
Human/Civil Rights Advocacy Director, Human Rights and Community Relations Department District of Columbia

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

ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union)
Campaign Organizer Intern  District of Columbia

CMD (The Center for Media and Democracy)
Manager, Digital/Social Media, based in Madison  Wisconsin

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

CPD (Center for Popular Democracy)
Fair Workweek Deputy Campaign Director, New York City preferred  New York

CSEA (AFSCME, Local 1000, New York)
Labor Education Specialist, Albany  New York

CWA (Communications Workers of America)
Digital Media Technician  District of Columbia

CWA-NJ (Communications Workers of America, New Jersey)
Social Media Organizer, Trenton based  New Jersey

JCEA (Jefferson County Education Association)
Director of Field Operations and Political Action, Lakewood  Colorado

Kaiser Permanente LMP(Labor Management Partnership)
Labor Relations Communications Director, Oakland  California

Labor Notes
Assistant Editor, New York New York

NELP (National Employment Law Project)
Campaign Coordinator (Home Care Fair Pay), New York (with an option of DC office)  New York

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

NTEU (National Treasury Employees Union)
Director of Information Systems  District of Columbia

NYCOSH (New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health)
Communications Director, New York City  New York

NYHTC (New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council)
Video Communications SupervisorNew York

OEA (Oregon Education Association)
Communications PR/Media Consultant  Oregon

RTF (Raise the Floor Alliance)
Campaign Coordinator, Chicago  Illinois

SEIU (Local 1)
Communications Specialist, Detroit  Michigan

SEIU (1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East)
Communications Specialist, Boston  Massachusetts

SEIU (Local 32BJ)
Member Communications Strategist, New York City  New York
Communications Specialist: Mid-Atlantic Region, Philadelphia based Pennsylvania

SEIU (Local 721)
Communications Specialist  California

UDWA (United Domestic Workers of America)
Media Relations Specialist, Sacramento  California

UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)
Senior Strategic Targeting Coordinator, Washington D.C.  District of Columbia

UFT (United Federation of Teachers)
Social Media Coordinator, New York City  New York

UPTE-CWA (University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America)
Systemwide Director  California

WOCC (Workers’ Organizing Committee of Chicago-Fight for 15)
Communications Associate, Chicago  Illinois

Working America(a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO)
Communications Director  District of Columbia

December 16, 1929

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New South Wales mounted police open fire on a crowd of 4,000 coal miners – locked out since March – protesting the introduction of scabs at the Rothbury, Australia, mine. One miner was killed and others seriously injured. Earlier in September, the government introduced an “Unlawful Assembly Act,” which declared pickets and protests illegal and authorized the police to break them up.

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December 16, 1929

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New South Wales mounted police open fire on a crowd of 4,000 coal miners – locked out since March – protesting the introduction of scabs at the Rothbury, Australia, mine. One miner was killed and others seriously injured. Earlier in September, the government introduced an “Unlawful Assembly Act,” which declared pickets and protests illegal and authorized the police to break them up.

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Today in labor history for the week of December 15, 2014

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December 15
AFL convention passes a 1¢ per capita assessment to aid the organization of women workers (Exact date uncertain) – 1913

The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who were going from mine to mine attacking non-striking miners in the Pittsburgh coal fields. The women made headlines across the state and the nation: they were christened the “Amazon Army” by the New York Times – 1921

Eight days after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, the AFL pledges that there will be no strikes in defense-related plants for the duration of World War II – 1941

Meeting in its biennial convention, the AFL-CIO declares “unstinting support” for “measures the Administration might deem necessary to halt Communist aggression and secure a just and lasting peace” in Vietnam – 1967

The U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act becomes law. It bars employment discrimination against anyone aged 40 or older – 19672014.12.15history-fed.emp.laws
(The Essential Guide To Federal Employment Laws, 4th edition: This is a well-indexed book, updated in 2013, offering the full text of 20 federal laws affecting workers’ lives, along with plain-English explanations of each. An entire chapter is devoted to each law, explaining what is allowed and prohibited and what businesses must comply.)

California’s longest nurses’ strike ended after workers at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp., ending a 13-month walkout – 2003

Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union organizer Clinton Jencks, who led New Mexico zinc miners in the strike depicted in the classic 1954 movie Salt of the Earth, dies of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 – 2005

December 16
The National Civic Federation is formed by business and labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to resolve conflicts between management and labor. Not all unionists agreed with the alliance. The group turned increasingly conservative and labor withdrew after Gompers’ 1924 death – 1900

2014.12.15history-majesticNew York City’s Majestic Theater becomes first in the U.S. to employ women ushers – 1902

The Bagel Bakers of America union is continuing a work slowdown at 32 of New York’s 34 bagel bakeries in a dispute over health and welfare fund payments and workplace sanitation, the New York Times reports. Coincidentally—or not—lox sales were down 30 percent to 50 percent as well. The effect on the cream cheese market was not reported – 1951

Four railway unions merge to become the United Transportation Union: Trainmen, Firemen & Enginemen, Switchmen, and Conductors and Brakemen – 1968

Eight female bank tellers in Willmar, Minn., begin the first strike against a bank in U.S. history. At issue: they were paid little more than half what male tellers were paid. The strike ended in moral victory but economic defeat two years later – 1977
(United Apart: Gender and the Rise of Craft Unionism: At the turn of the twentieth century, American 2014.12.15history-united.apartfactory workers were often segregated by sex—males did heavier, dirtier, and better paid, work while women might be employed in a separate area performing related, lighter work. Men might cut bolts of fabric, for example, while women stitched cuffs onto sleeves. How this division of labor played out when an occupational group comprised of one sex went on strike is the subject of this book.)

December 17
Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996

December 18
General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands of jobs – 1991

December 19
An explosion in the Darr Mine in Westmoreland Co., Pa., kills 239 coal miners. Seventy-one of the dead share a common grave in Olive Branch Cemetery. December 1907 was the worst month in U.S. coal mining history, with more than 3,000 dead – 1907

2014.12.15history-greyhound-strikeA 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ends with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee – 1983

Twenty-six men and one woman are killed in the Wilberg Coal Mine Disaster near Orangeville, Utah. The disaster has been termed the worst coal mine fire in the state’s history. Federal mine safety officials issued 34 safety citations after the disaster but had inspected the mine only days before and declared it safe – 1984
(Inventory of American Labor Landmarks: This attractive booklet offers a 2014.12.15history-landmarksnice selection from the Labor Heritage Foundation’s comprehensive, ongoing inventory of labor landmarks across the country. Nearly 200 monuments, plaques and other markers are described here, from 33 states and the District of Columbia, accompanied by historical summaries and, often, by photographs.)

December 20
Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote – 1899

2014.12.15history-filipino.sugar.workersThe first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos will be working in the fields – 1906

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) takes effect today – 1970

Thousands of workers began what was to be a 2-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues. The strike violated the state’s Taylor Law; TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint was jailed for ten days and the union was fined $2.5 million – 2005

December 21
Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week – 1790

Supreme Court rules that picketing is unconstitutional. Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft declared that picketing was, in part, “an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance…” – 1921

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12-11-14 List Of Open Union Communications Positions From UnionJobs

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DECEMBER 11, 2014 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
Communications Coordinator, Communications Department (MW Region)  Michigan
Organizing Field Communications Assistant, Organizing Department  District of Columbia
Development Manager, Digital Strategies Department  District of Columbia
Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Organizing Department  District of Columbia
Safety and Health Fellow, AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department  District of Columbia
Corporate Research Analyst, Office of Investment  District of Columbia


AFSCME
(Council 3)
Database Analyst and IT Coordinator, Baltimore  Maryland

AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
Human/Civil Rights Advocacy Director, Human Rights and Community Relations Department District of Columbia

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

BAC (International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers)
Data Entry/Research Clerk  District of Columbia

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

CPD (Center for Popular Democracy)
Fair Workweek Deputy Campaign Director, New York City preferred  New York

CWA (Communications Workers of America)
Digital Media Technician  District of Columbia

CWA-NJ (Communications Workers of America, New Jersey)
Social Media Organizer, Trenton based  New Jersey

Kaiser Permanente LMP(Labor Management Partnership)
Labor Relations Communications Director, Oakland  California

Labor Notes
Assistant Editor, New York New York

NELP (National Employment Law Project)
Campaign Coordinator (Home Care Fair Pay), New York (with an option of DC office)  New York

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

NYCOSH (New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health)
Communications Director, New York City  New York

NYHTC (New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council)
Video Communications SupervisorNew York

OEA (Oregon Education Association)
Communications PR/Media Consultant  Oregon

RTF (Raise the Floor Alliance)
Campaign Coordinator, Chicago  Illinois

SEIU (Local 1)
Communications Specialist, Detroit  Michigan

SEIU (1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East)
Communications Specialist, Boston  Massachusetts

SEIU (Local 32BJ)
Member Communications Strategist, New York City  New York
Communications Specialist: Mid-Atlantic Region, Philadelphia based Pennsylvania

SEIU (Local 721)
Communications Specialist  California

UDWA (United Domestic Workers of America)
Media Relations Specialist, Sacramento  California

UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union)
Senior Strategic Targeting Coordinator, Washington D.C.  District of Columbia

UFT (United Federation of Teachers)
Social Media Coordinator, New York City  New York

SEIU (SEIU UHW West, United Healthcare Workers West)
Database Analyst, Oakland  California

UPTE-CWA (University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America)
Systemwide Director  California

WOCC (Workers’ Organizing Committee of Chicago-Fight for 15)
Communications Associate, Chicago  Illinois

Working America(a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO)
Communications Director  District of Columbia

Worker Wins Update: Workers Organize to Create New Jobs, Secure Scheduling Reform

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

The following are a sample of victories won by workers:

Organizing and Community Victories

Walmart Workers Stage Nationwide Black Friday Protests: Walmart workers were joined by unions and community allies in staging approximately 1,600 protests against the corporation’s low wages and hostile work environments on Black Friday. This is the third year in a row that workers have staged Black Friday protests, with this year’s being the biggest yet.

Workers Fight for $15: Workers in a diverse set of sectors, from airline workers to retail employees, joined fast food workers in a nationwide strike across 190 cities. Workers spoke out for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize for better working conditions and workplace fairness.

Boston Bike Share Workers Vote to Unionize: Employees of Hubway, a Boston-based bike share company, voted overwhelmingly to join Transport Workers Union Local 100. The workers, including mechanics, technicians, and dispatchers, are part of a national campaign to organize bike share workers.

Workers Defy Anti-Union Efforts, Vote to Organize: Approximately 150 workers at an Alabama copper parts plant voted to organize as members of the United Steelworkers after extensive efforts by Governor Robert Bentley to dissuade workers from unionizing.

Nurses and Hospital Workers Establish Union at Two Connecticut Hospitals: Nearly 1,000 radiology technologists, respiratory clinicians, and nurses have voted to form unions at two hospitals in Connecticut. The workers will be represented by AFT Connecticut and had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after hospital administrators attempted to halt efforts by intimidating workers.

Boston Parking Attendants Look to Expand Organizing Efforts: Parking attendants in Boston are working to organize approximately 1,600 workers in the Boston area in an attempt to improve working conditions and substandard pay. Parking workers have won contracts with five parking companies in the Boston area over the last two years, and aim to organize at least three additional companies in the area.

Pittsburgh Workers Making Gains: Efforts by workers in the Pittsburgh area have resulted in successful organizing drives at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Rivers Casino, local universities and downtown offices. Currently, local unions are in the process of organizing roughly 1,000 security guards throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

Los Angeles Workers Come to Agreement, Create Jobs: Approximately 250 new manufacturing jobs will be created in Los Angeles thanks to the efforts of workers negotiating with business and government interests. The workers at a facility, which will be producing light rail trains, will now be free to decide on whether to join a union thanks to a neutrality agreement negotiated by IBEW Local 11.

San Francisco Workers Win Critical Scheduling Reforms: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would require retailers with 20 or more locations that employ more than 20 people to give two weeks’ notice for any change in a worker’s schedule. This legislation will assist those working low-wage jobs with unpredictable schedules, such as single mothers and fathers, obtain certainty with their expected hours worked.

Facebook Bus Drivers Organize in San Francisco: Over eighty bus drivers employed by Facebook voted to organize as part of a growing effort in Silicon Valley’s tech sector to win better wages and benefits for low wage workers.

 

December 11, 2012

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Michigan becomes the 24th “right-to-work” state in the United States when Governor Rick Snyder signs legislation hours after the bills – one covering private workers, the other covering public workers – won final approval in the House and five days after he joined with Senate and House majority leaders to announce their plan to enact the law.

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