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Labor Council Toy Drive for Children of Unemployed/UnderemployedWorkers

Dear AFT Guild Members, Our local is participating in the Labor Council’s annual toy drive for the children of unemployed/underemployed workers. If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped toy or gift card as a donation to our AFT Guild Union meeting this Thursday at Grossmont College, or drop it off at the AFT office any time prior to December 14th. Gifts for all ages, especially teens, are needed. Thanks in advance for your generosity! In Unity, Jim

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AFT Guild Union Meeting: Thursday, December 6th – Grossmont College

Dear AFT Guild Members, Just a friendly reminder that our next AFT Guild Union Membership meeting will be held this Thursday, December 6th, 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.  All of our newly elected and re-elected Governing Board Members will be stopping by to say a few words. Please let me know if you have any items you would like to see

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This Week in Labor History: 12/3 – 12/9

December 03 Textile strikers win 10-hour day, Fall River, Mass. – 1866 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passes an ordinance setting an 8-hour workday for all city employees – 1867 IWW union Brotherhood of Timber Workers organized – 1910   Canada’s Quebec Bridge, spanning the St. Lawrence River, opens to traffic on this day after the deaths of 89 construction workers in the course of the job. A flawed design was blamed for a 1907 collapse that killed 75; another 13 died in 1916 when a hoisting device failed as the central span was being lifted – 1919 General

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In Case you Missed It! – AFT Thirsty Thursday – October 25th

We now have Dr. Barnes’s presentation available on youtube:  https://youtu.be/F4Y_3vPuHwI .  You’ll have to provide your own beer though…   We hope you enjoy it!   In Unity, Jim   Begin forwarded message: From: Jim Mahler <aftjim@mac.com> Subject: SOLD OUT: AFT Thirsty Thursday – October 25th Date: October 23, 2018 at 10:02:47 PM PDT     Dear AFT Guild Members,   Thanks to all of you who have RSVP’d but we are now sold out!  We will try to record the presentation so those of you that could not attend can view it later.   In Unity, Jim   Begin forwarded

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This Week in Labor History: 11/26 – 12/2

November 26 Six young women burn to death and 19 more die when they leap from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, N.J. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door through which the women could flee was locked – 1910 November 27 Some 1,200 workers sit down at Midland Steel, forcing recognition of the United Auto Workers, Detroit – 1936 The pro-labor musical revue, “Pins & Needles,” opens on Broadway with a cast of Int’l Ladies Garment Workers Union members. The show ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the cast’s regular jobs.

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This Week in Labor History: 11/19 – 11/25

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!   November 19 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” – 1915 The nation’s first automatic toll collection machine is used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway – 1954 The National Writers Union is founded, representing freelance and contract writers and others in the trade. In 1992 it was to merge into and become a local of the United Auto Workers – 1981 November 20 First use of the

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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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