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This Week in Labor History: 5/21 – 5/27

May 21 Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, go on trial today. They eventually are executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents – 1921 The “Little Wagner Act” is signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively.  After negotiations failed, a successful 79-day strike shut down 33 of the territory’s 34 plantations and brought higher wages and a 40-hour week – 1945 Nearly 100,000 unionized SBC Communications Inc. workers begin a 4-day strike to protest the local phone giant’s latest contract offer –

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This Week in Labor History 5/14 – 5/20

May 14, 2018 This Week in Labor History May 14 Milwaukee brewery workers begin 10-week strike, demanding contracts comparable to East and West Coast workers. The strike was won because Blatz Brewery accepted their demands, but Blatz was ousted from the Brewers Association for “unethical” business methods – 1953 May 15 Pope Leo XIII issues revolutionary encyclical ‘Rerum novarum’ in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius XI issues ‘Quadragesimo anno,’ believed by many to be even more radical than Leo XIII’s – 1891 U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of

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CFT Opposition to Online College and new Funding Formula

Dear Colleagues, Please see attached the letters we sent out yesterday to the Assembly and Senate budget committees in opposition to the Online College and new Funding Formula proposals from the Governor’s May Revise. Calls from our members to Assembly Speaker Rendon (916-319-2063) and Senate Pro Tem Atkins (619-645-3133) offices would be helpful.  If you call Atkins’s office, make sure to state you are a local constituent of hers in San Diego. Simply state that you are calling as a member of the California Federation of Teachers, and you want to register your opposition to the Online College and new

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AFT National Convention, July 13-16, 2018

Dear AFT Guild Member:   The 85th Biennial Convention of the American Federation of Teachers will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, commencing Friday, July 13th, continuing through Monday, July 16th, 2018.   All AFT Guild members in good standing are eligible to be nominated as a delegate to the convention.  To be nominated, you will need to solicit the signatures of ten (10) other AFT members.  A nominating petition is attached.  It must be received in the AFT office:  3737 Camino del Rio South, Suite 410, San Diego, CA  92108 (fax: 619-640-1154) no later

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LAST CHANCE: 22nd Annual AFT Guild Retiree Brunch and End of Year Celebration!

Dear AFT Guild Members,   There are only 23 seats left for this year’s celebration!  If you want to purchase a ticket, we recommend you purchase your ticket online by clicking here, or come in to the AFT office with your check.  Please do not mail your check to us at this time as it will not arrive in time. ***This celebration cannot happen without our retirees, so if you’re retiring please let us know, we would like to honor you and provide yourself and a guest with complementary admission to this event.***

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Chancellor’s Office Recommendations on New CC Funding Formula

Dear Colleagues,   You can click here to view the Chancellor’s recommendation to the Department of Finance for the new funding formula.  The only real substantive change was in moving the percentages from 50-25-25 to 60-20-20 (Base grant/High needs students/Performance based indicators). In addition, they fleshed out the Governor’s proposal by adding more detail, such as exactly what the performance based indicators would be (see page 15).   Although they propose a “hold harmless” clause for fiscal years, 2018-19 and 2019-20, if a District is not meeting the metrics by 2020, the District could lose as much as 40% of its funding

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 SAN DIEGO-IMPERIAL COUNTIES LABOR COUNCIL RECOMMENDATIONS

Dear Colleagues,   Vote by mail ballots will begin arriving at voters’ homes this week.  Hence, the June primary season is officially underway!   Below please find three sets of recommendations: 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

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This Week in Labor History: May 7-13

  May 07 The Knights of St. Crispin union is formed at a secret meeting in Milwaukee. It grew to 50,000 members before being crushed by employers later that year – 1867 Two die, 20 are injured in “Bloody Tuesday” as strikebreakers attempt to run San Francisco streetcars during a strike by operators. The strike was declared lost in 1908 after many more deaths, including several in scab-operated streetcar accidents – 1907 Philadelphia’s longest transit strike ends after 44 days. A key issue in the fight was the hiring and use of part-timers – 1977 May 08 The constitution of

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AFT Guild Union Meeting: Thursday, May 3rd – Grossmont College

Dear AFT Guild Members,   Just a friendly reminder that our next AFT Guild Union meeting will be held this Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 3:00pm at Grossmont College, in building 60, the Griffin Center, room 180 (south end of building).  There is ample parking in the parking structure northeast of the building, and also in the parking lot directly south of the building.   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!   In Unity, Jim Jim Mahler, President

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