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This Week in Labor History: 7/16 – 7/22

July 16 Ten thousand workers strike Chicago’s Int’l Harvester operations – 1919 Martial law declared in strike by longshoremen in Galveston, Texas – 1920 San Francisco Longshoremen’s strike spreads, becomes 4-day general strike – 1934 July 17 Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny – 1944 July

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This Week in Labor History: 5/28 – 6/3

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 At 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 29Animators 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

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This Week in Labor History: 6/18 – 6/24

June 18 Union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph and others meet with President Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt orders that the industries desegregate – 1941 June 19 Eight-hour work day adopted for federal employees – 1912 AFL President Sam Gompers and Secretary of War Newton Baker sign an agreement establishing a three-member board of adjustment to control wages, hours and working conditions for construction workers employed on government projects.  The agreement protected union wage and hour standards for the duration of World War I

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This Week in Labor History: 6/11 – 6/17

June 11 Representatives from the AFL, Knights of Labor, populists, railroad brotherhoods and other trade unions hold a unity conference in St. Louis but fail to overcome their differences – 1894 Police shoot at maritime workers striking United Fruit Co. in New Orleans; one killed, two wounded – 1913 John L. Lewis dies. A legendary figure, he was president of the United Mine Workers from 1920 to 1960 and a driving force behind the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations – 1969 June 12 Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants

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Final State Budget includes Online College and Performance Based Funding

Dear Colleagues,   Despite all of our Herculean efforts to defeat the Governor’s wrongheaded proposals on the Online College and Performance Based Funding, both have survived to make it into the final budget.   Although both proposals have been modified slightly through the budget negotiation process, their essential elements remain.  Some of the first level analysis is given by the Chancellor below, more details will be forthcoming.   Thanks to all of you who lobbied or made phone calls to try to kill these two proposals!  I want to give special thanks to our CFT lobbyist Bryan Ha who was

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Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits/Emergency Assistance-End of SPRING SEMESTER

From: Jim Mahler <aftjim@mac.com> Subject: Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits/Emergency Assistance-End of SPRING SEMESTER Date: May 24, 2017 at 9:23:26 PM PDT   Dear Adjunct Faculty AFT Members, As the spring semester comes to a close, you should be aware that you are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits, even if you have already been given an assignment for the fall (or summer).  To receive the maximum benefit, applications should be submitted immediately following the completion of your last class session or assignment for this semester. Please visit the Guild’s website, aftguild.org, for important information regarding applying for unemployment benefits and/or

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Mahler – SF Chronicle Op Ed

Dear Colleagues,   The San Francisco Chronicle picked up my Op-Ed opposing the Governor’s new community college funding formula proposal: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Governor-s-proposed-community-college-funding-12976991.php Governor’s proposed community college funding plan favors Republican-led districts By Jim Mahler June 7, 2018 Updated: June 7, 2018 5:15pm It’s taken for granted that in crafting the state budget, Republican legislators are bystanders while the Democratic supermajority makes the major fiscal decisions. But Republican lawmakers and their constituents will have a new reason to celebrate if the governor’s proposed community-college-funding formula becomes law. The governor’s 2018-19 budget proposes a record-setting increase of nearly $1 billion in new resources

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This Week in Labor History: 6/4 – 6/10

June 04 Massachusetts becomes the first state to establish a minimum wage – 1912 The House of Representatives approves the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allows the president of the United States to intervene in labor disputes. President Truman vetoed the law but was overridden by Congress – 1947 The AFL-CIO opens its new headquarters building, in view of the White House – 1956 Gov. Jerry Brown signs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first law in the U.S. giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights. The legislation came after years of effort by the United Farm Workers union – 1975 June

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Guild Sweeps all 8 Targeted Board Races!

Dear Colleagues,   I’m pleased to report that all eight Guild endorsed and supported Governing Board candidates placed first in yesterday’s primary election!  Our two County Board of Education candidates were outright winners, while our other six candidates all placed first and will advance to the November runoff.  Detailed results are below.   Congratulations to all of our candidates and to all of our members, student workers, and volunteers that made these victories possible!   In Unity, Jim     COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION 3RD DISTRICT Precincts Reporting: 100% ALICIA MUNOZ – 56.73% (36626)  (Wins now, no November runoff) ERIC

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Election day is Today, June 5th!

    Dear Colleagues,   Below please find our recommendations for the June 2018 primary election: 1)  Your AFT Guild recommendations for our local Governing Board races; 2)  Recommendations from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council on other local races; 3)  A link from the California Federation of Teachers to allow you to input your address and get these and other local and statewide recommendations.   Please note, if the race you are looking for (a judge for example) is not listed, it means none of these three bodies have taken a position on that race.   Most importantly, whether

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