CITY EDUCATION WORKERS' "RALLY FOR JUSTICE" TODAY: Para-professionals and clerical staff at several DC agencies - members of AFSCME Local 2921 - will demonstrate outside DC Public Schools headquarters in the District's northeast at 10A this morning to protest being "targeted and run over by management and their lawyers." Click herefor details and watch the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO's website for coverage and photos from the rally later today.
DC LABOR-TO-LABOR GOTV KICKOFF SATURDAY: Area union members and labor allies - led by the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO - will officially launch labor's 2010 get-out-the-vote campaign this Saturdayto help elect labor-endorsed candidates in the District of Columbia's September Primary Election. Union volunteers will distribute literature in Ward 5 on Saturday and are encouraged to wear their union colors. Click herefor details; please contact Alya Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-974-8222 to register to volunteer and for more information. “Prince George's County and Montgomery County COPE walks will officially begin next Saturday, August 21,” adds Metro Council Political and Legislative Coordinator Rick Powell; watch Union City for details. - photo: AFL-CIO Union Summer Interns worked tirelessly all week preparing materials for Saturday's GOTV efforts; photo by Adam Wright
L.A. RALLIES FOR JOBS ACROSS COUNTRY: Thousands of working people will join community and labor leaders from across the country for a massive rally for good jobs in California and nationwide. Rallying in front of City Hall in Los Angeles (part of the AFL-CIO's 5 States/5 Cities strategic plan that includes Washington DC), participants - including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando, and labor and community leaders -- will call for leaders and candidates to make a serious commitment to good jobs that can't be outsourced. The massive rally in Los Angeles is part of a national call for decisive action to create good jobs and the election of leaders who will move the nation forward. "We all know somebody who has been laid off from work and looking for a job for months or even years," notes Metro Washington Council President Jos Williams. "It's time for local leaders to show they are absolutely dedicated to fighting for good jobs in America and keeping us on the path forward. As we head to the polls in November, voters will be ready to stand with those leaders who have demonstrated a real commitment to jobs and will remember who turned their backs on working people." The fight for jobs then hits the airwaves coast-to-coast on MSNBC at 5:30 PM Eastern as President Trumka goes straight from the jobs rally to take the message national on the Hardball show on MSNBC. - Chris Garlock; photo by Oliver Quillia/CNBC
WEEKEND LABOR HISTORY: Striking miners at Tracy City, Tenn., capture their mines and free 300 state convict strikebreakers. The convicts had been "leased" to mineowners by officials in an effort to make prisons self-supporting and make a few bucks for the state. The practice started in 1866 and lasted for 30 years (8/13/1892); Newspaper Guild members begin three-month strike of Hearst-owned Seattle Post-Intelligencer, shutting the publication down in their successful fight for union recognition (8/13/1936); Civil rights leader and union president A. Philip Randolph strongly protests the AFL-CIO Executive Council's failure to endorse the August 28 "March on Washington" (8/13/1963); President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act (r), providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits (8/14/1935); Members of the upstart Polish union Solidarity seize the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk. Sixteen days later the government officially recognizes the union. Many consider the event the beginning of the end for the Iron Curtain (8/14/1980); Former AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland (l) dies at age 77 (8/14/1999); Populist social commentator Will Rogers killed in a plane crash, Point Barrow, Alaska. One of his many classic lines: "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts" (8/15/1935); President Richard M. Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents in an atempt to combat inflation (8/15/1971); Gerry Horgan, chief steward of CWA Local 1103 and NYNEX striker in Valhalla, NY, is struck on the picket line by a car driven by the daughter of a plant manager and dies the following day. What was to become a four-month strike over healthcare benefits was in its second week (8/15/1989); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo (right) courtesy IAM (left) courtesy CFCE
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