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Take a Labor Studies Class in the Fall!

Arm Yourself for the Resistance! Take Labor Studies this Fall at City College! THIS CLASS STARTS AUGUST 22nd! Labor Studies 108: Labor and Politics Tuesday evenings 6:55-10:00 CRN 74663 Instructor: Jim Miller AFT 1931 Political Action/Community Outreach VP   Come learn about how workers’ movements and issues have played a part in American and international politics. This class will have a special emphasis on the militant action, inequality in the age of globalization, and labor and the environment.   REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Register EARLY to get your seat!   To register, go to: https://studentweb.sdccd.edu/index.cfm?action=registration Questions? Contact Kelly Mayhew, Labor Studies Program
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This Week in Labor History – July 24

July 24 The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA’s agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther – 1968 (All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social
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2017-18 Final Budget Act

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:40 AM Dear SDCCD Colleagues, Below are the details of the final Statewide budget as signed by the Governor.   Thanks to our collective efforts, Community Colleges will receive a $270 million increase this year… bringing our total increase for the last three years to $588 million. Our union played a major role in winning these increases.  And our upcoming Resource Allocation Formula distributions will focus on ensuring our rightful share for our faculty and classified union members is distributed in a timely manner by January 1. Items of most interest to us relating to these
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This Week in Labor History-July 17

  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 – 1944July 18 The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. – 1883 Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike – 1919 Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston,
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This Week in Labor History June 19 – June 24

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 – 1917 A pioneering sit-down strike is conducted by workers at a General Tire Co. factory in Akron, Ohio. The United Rubber Workers union was founded a year later.  The tactic launched a wave of similar efforts in the auto and
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6/17 at 2pm: Bi-national U.S.-Mexico Labor Meeting

Cross-Border Labor Solidarity in the Age of Trump Saturday, June 17th at 2 pm A delegation of labor unionists and activists from across Mexico will be joining with labor unionists and community activists from San Diego. The purpose of this historic bi-national gathering is to discuss how to build cross-border solidarity and to coordinate a plan of action to resist the policies of Trump and their impact on both sides of the border. These include the defense of immigrants and international workers, opposition to the border wall and further militarization, opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and further
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AFT Mail Driver Position Opening

Dear AFT Guild Members,   A job opportunity as the AFT mail delivery driver is now open due to our long term driver Mike Norris’s retirement.  This job involves picking up AFT Guild mail (fliers, newsletters, minutes, new member packets, etc.) from the AFT office in Mission Valley and delivering to campus sites for member distribution.  A personal vehicle is required.  Compensation is based on the quantity of mail being delivered.  Some sites require that mail be individually placed into each member’s mail box while at most sites the mail is simply delivered to a point person for distribution.  In
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This Week in Labor History- Week of June 12

June 12 Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants walk off their jobs; demands include equalization of wages and conditions throughout U.S. plants – 1904 (No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide to Contract Campaigns, Strikes and Lockouts: This book is a must-have for any union or activist considering aggressive action to combat management’s growing economic war against workers. No Contract, No Peace! updates information contained in the first edition, entitled Strikes, Picketing and Inside Campaigns, to include reference to recent union activities and NLRB decisions that have affected the labor relations
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This Week in Labor History – Week of June 5th

June 05 Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union – 1976 A strike begins at a General Motors Corp. parts factory in Flint, Mich., that spreads and ultimately forces the closure of GM plants across the country for seven weeks.  The Flint workers were protesting the removal of key dies from their plant and feared their jobs would be lost. The company ended the dispute by assuring the plant would remain open until at least the year 2000 –
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