Monthly Archives March 2019

This Week in Labor History: 3/18 – 3/24

March 18 Six laborers in Dorset, England—the “Tolpuddle Martyrs”—are banished to the Australian penal colony for seven years for forming a union, the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. Some 800,000 residents of the United Kingdom signed petitions calling for their release – 1834 Police evict retail clerks occupying New York Woolworth’s in fight for 40-hour week – 1937   The Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years begins in Brooklyn and Manhattan and spreads to 210,000 of the nation’s 750,000 postal employees. Mail service is virtually paralyzed in several cities, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency.

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REMINDER: AFT Guild Thirsty Thursday – March 14th TODAY!

Dear AFT Guild Members, Just a friendly reminder of our next Thirsty Thursday event – March 14th.  There will be a full food and drink menu available at the event.  See flier below for more details. We are very fortunate to have labor activist Ken Seaton-Msemaji available to share his long history of social justice activism with us.  He got his start in the labor movement with Cesar Chavez, and later helped found the United Domestic Workers, the second union founded by an African-American in the United States. Hope you can make it! (no RSVP required). In Unity, Jim  

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This Week in Labor History: 3/11 – 3/17

Influence Inside and Outside the Workplace For every employee, both those in the public and private sector, what goes on in the world of politics has a direct connection to the union’s ability to advance and protect the members’ interests. Legislatures pass and enforce laws that can make it easier or harder for unions to organize, to protect members’ health and safety, to bargain for reasonable health care coverage, and to improve countless other aspects of working life. As we’ve seen all too often recently, what is won at a bargaining table can be taken away with a stroke of

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AFT Guild Thirsty Thursday – March 14th

Dear AFT Guild Members,   Just a friendly reminder of our next Thirsty Thursday event coming up in five days.  There will be a full food and drink menu available at the event. We are very fortunate to have labor activist Ken Seaton-Msemaji available to share his long history of social justice activism with us.  He got his start in the labor movement with Cesar Chavez, and later helped found the United Domestic Workers, the second union founded by an African-American in the United States. Hope you can make it! (no RSVP required).   In Unity, Jim

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