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This Week in Labor History: 11/12 – 11/18

November 12 Ellis Island in New York closes after serving as the gateway for 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1924. From 1924 to 1954 it was mostly used as a detention and deportation center for undocumented immigrants – 1954 “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap announces he is restructuring the Sunbeam Corp. and lays off 6,000 workers—half the workforce. Sunbeam later nearly collapsed after a series of scandals under Dunlap’s leadership that cost investors billions of dollars – 1996 November 13 A total of 259 miners died in the underground Cherry Mine fire. As a result of the disaster, Illinois established stricter

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Update on Asylum Seeker Donations

11/07/18 To: AFT Guild 1931 Members   Thank you to everyone who contributed to the quick donation drive! It was very successful.   One load of donations went to the Christ Ministry Center that houses the Safe Harbor Network, where some folks were initially housed. https://www.safeharbors.net/our-programs And four loads of donations went to Our Lady of Guadalupe where some folks were transitioned to. https://www.olgsd.org/   As reported at the AFT meeting, this is an ongoing issue and the need is great, deep, and complex…one donation drive isn’t enough but it does provide some immediate relief. Because this is an ongoing need, we will have more donation

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This Week in Labor History: 11/5 – 11/11

November 05 Eugene V. Debs, labor leader, socialist, three-time candidate for president and first president of the American Railway Union, born – 1855 Everett, Wash., massacre, at least seven Wobblies killed, 50 wounded and an indeterminate number missing – 1916 Some 12,000 television and movie writers begin what was to become a 3-month strike against producers over demands for an increase in pay for movies and television shows released on DVD and for a bigger share of the revenue from work delivered over the Internet – 2007 November 06 French transport worker and socialist Eugene Pottier dies in Paris at

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VOTE TOMORROW: November 2018 General Election Recommendations

Please forward these recommendations far and wide!  And however you decide to vote, please make sure you vote!   Begin forwarded message: From: Jim Mahler <aftjim@mac.com> Subject: November 2018 General Election Recommendations Date: November 1, 2018 at 8:49:31 AM PDT   Dear Colleagues, 1)  AFT GUILD PRIORITY RACES: GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES District 1  Linda Cartwright   In case you missed them, below are our election recommendations.  Please note these may all be found on our website, aftguild.org. Below please find three sets of recommendations: 1)  Your AFT Guild recommendations for our local Governing Board races; 2)  Recommendations

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Union Scholarships for Students, AFT Members, and Dependents

Dear AFT Guild Members, Please share the information below with your students, in addition to any of your family members who might qualify. In Unity, Jim Jim Mahler, President AFT Guild, Local 1931       UNION SCHOLARSHIPS   American Federation of Teachers Larry Schwartz Memorial Scholarship The American Federation of Teachers is offering 8 scholarships ($500 each) to students in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca and San Diego Community College Districts.   Eligibility:  •      Grossmont-Cuyamaca and San Diego Community College students o      Be currently enrolled in at least 6 units o      Have completed a minimum of 12 units •   

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Request for Donations for Asylum Seekers

Dear Colleagues, There is a need to support families who have just crossed the border seeking asylum, have been minimally processed by ICE, and have been released wearing ankle bracelets.   Donations needed include:   bananas oranges coffee supplies (grounds, creamer, sugar, disposable cups with lids) Pedialite Gatorade power cords and power strips trash bags hand sanitizer Spanish language books/resources packages of underwear from toddler 2T up to adult (mostly women and children)   You can drop off any donations you might have at our AFT Union meeting tomorrow between 3:00-4:30 at Mesa College, MC-211, or with any of your

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AFT Guild Union Meeting: Thursday, November 1st – Mesa College

Dear AFT Guild Members, Just a friendly reminder that our special Día de Los Muertos AFT Guild Union meeting will be held this Thursday, November 1st, beginning at 3:00pm at Mesa College in the Mesa Commons, room MC-211 A/B.  ***There will be a special prize for whomever comes in the best costume!***   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.  Due to campus construction, parking will be a challenge, so please plan accordingly. Attached is the tentative agenda for this Thursday’s meeting.

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This Week in Labor History: 10/29 – 11/4

October 29 Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners. They were outraged over Goto’s work on behalf of agricultural workers and because he opened a general store that competed with the owners’ own company store – 1889 Wall Street crashes—”Black Tuesday”—throwing the world’s economy into a years-long crisis including an unemployment rate in the U.S. that by 1933 hit nearly 25 percent – 1929 October 30 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges

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