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Puerto Rico still needs our help

Dear AFT Members, Nearly two months after Hurricane Maria, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans still don’t have running water—and in many places where water is running, it’s still not safe to drink. I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve raised more than $1 million in just a few weeks since we launched Operation Agua with a goal of bringing water filters and purification systems to Puerto Rico. We’re delivering life-changing filters to families—especially in the island’s hard-hit rural communities and at hundreds of schools across the island—but we still need your help to reach our goal. Just $30 buys a filter

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This Week in Labor History – November 20

This Week in Labor History November 20 First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society – 1816 Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader – 1884 The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later – 1888 Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call for safer work conditions – 1901 A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, W. Va. – 1968 The Great Recession hits high gear when the

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This Week in Labor History – November 13

This Week in Labor History November 13   A total of 259 miners died in the underground Cherry Mine fire. As a result of the disaster, Illinois established stricter safety regulations and in 1911, the basis for the state’s Workers Compensation Act was passed – 1909. A Western Federation of Miners strike is crushed by the militia in Butte, Mont. – 1914. The Holland Tunnel opens, running under the Hudson River for 1.6 miles and connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, N.J. Thirteen workers died over its 7-year-long construction – 1927GM workers’ post-war strike for higher

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CFT Scholarships for High School Students and Continuing College Students

  Raoul Teilhet Scholarships for High School Students and Continuing College Students The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3,000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1,000. Scholarship eligibility Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice. Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education.

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Take a Hike with your AFT Colleagues on Veterans Day!

Dear Colleagues,   Your AFT Guild will be sponsoring a hike this Saturday, Veterans Day, November 11th, from 9-12.   Please join us for a beautiful, moderate hike!   We’ll hike a lovely trail in Mission Trails Regional Park. (No killer hills, no death-defying cliffs!)   RSVP to Jennifer Cost or Michael Golden to sign up and get meeting place details!   Hope to see you there!   In Unity, Jim

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VEBA Alert: Don’t Tax My Health Care

From: VEBA Communications <VEBACommunications@mcgregorinc.com> Subject: VEBA Alert: Don’t Tax My Health Care Date: November 7, 2017 at 2:30:59 PM PST To: VEBA Communications <VEBACommunications@mcgregorinc.com>   Dear California Schools VEBA Leader: We must act to protect our ability to offer comprehensive health care benefits.  Please review the attached letter from the VEBA co-chairs regarding the threat taxation would have on this valuable benefit. We encourage you to forward the following message to your employees or members to help raise awareness of this significant issue. Thank you for your support and consideration. Dear VEBA Member, VEBA’s commitment has always been to provide the

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This Week in Labor History – November 06

This Week in Labor History November 06 French transport worker and socialist Eugene Pottier dies in Paris at age 71. In 1871 he authored “L’Internationale,” the anthem to international labor solidarity, the first verse of which begins: “Stand up, damned of the Earth; Stand up, prisoners of starvation” – 1887 A coal mine explosion in Spangler, Pa., kills 79. The mine had been rated gaseous in 1918, but at the insistence of new operators it was rated as non-gaseous even though miners had been burned by gas on at least four occasions – 1922 November 07 Some 1,300 building trades

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General Meeting -Thursday Nov 2, 2017

Dear Colleagues, Our next AFT Guild General Membership meeting will be held this Thursday, November 2nd, beginning at 3:00pm at Mesa College in the Mesa Commons, room MC-211 A/B.  There is parking available along the street in front of the MC building, and there is also a parking structure as you enter the campus on the left hand side. Attached is the tentative agenda for this Thursday’s meeting.  Please let me know if you have any items you would like to see added to the agenda. Hope to see you Thursday! 2018 Proposed Legislative Bill Package   In Unity, Jim Jim Mahler, President AFT Guild,

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