Monday, August 23, 2010 LABOR HITS DC STREETS FOR GRAY: Dozens of local labor volunteers fanned out across DC’s Ward 5 Saturday morning on the second Labor-to-Labor lit drop for mayoral candidate Vincent Gray and other labor-endorsed candidates, including Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. (center), who spoke briefly to the assembled volunteers. “When you have someone on the ropes, you’ve got to knock them out,” Thomas said, referring to recent polls showing Fenty lagging Gray by as much as 10 points. “But we can take nothing for granted,” Thomas warned, thanking the labor volunteers for giving up their Saturday morning for the campaign. “Fenty won’t give District workers jobs, so we’re going to give Vince Gray the Mayor’s job.” Watch Union City this week for plans for this Saturday’s Labor-to-Labor walk. - report/photos by Chris Garlock
AFGE FAA LOCAL JOINS COUNCIL: AFGE Local 2703 - which represents nearly 200 Aeronautical Information Specialists at the US Department of Transportation/ Federal Aviation Administration - is the latest Metro Washington Council affiliate. "We're very happy to become a part of the Metro Council," said Local 2703 President Ron Carberry. "Particularly, we see a great benefit to our members in having access to the Council's many programs, including the Community Services Agency and its ability to help workers who are struggling financially." The local has represented FAA workers since the early 1980s. FREE SCREENING TONIGHT OF "WORKERS' REPUBLIC": Don't miss tonight's screening of the inspiring story of the workers at Republic Windows and Doors who won by taking over their doomed factory in December 2008. The award-winning documentary Workers' Republicshows free at 6P at Busboys & Poets. "Come and discuss how the lessons of the Republic Windows and Doors factory occupation can be applied within the labor movement today," say event organizers; the screening is sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest, United Electrical Workers Union, DC Jobs With Justice and the International Socialist Organization.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNEY JUST WEEKS AWAY: The Community Services Agency's annual Golf Tournament- now in its 15th year - is just weeks away, scheduled for Monday September 27 at the Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, Maryland. "Sign-up your foursome before space runs out!" says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. "It's a beautiful union golf course, lots of fun and friends, and good food and exercise. Join operating engineers, laborers, government employees, carpenters, iron workers, communication workers, and friendly vendors who have already signed up!" The CSA urges participants to donate items for raffle, such as tickets to sports or performing arts events, generic gift cards, gift certificates for union restaurants or golf-related items. "Don't forget that you can sponsor a tee sign or take out an ad in the program book." Click hereto download a registration form; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-974-8221 for more information. - photo: “Phillip Feaster" team members Ozella Nuchols, Christine McDaniels, Juanita Wills and Julia Sampson at the 2009 CSA Golf Tournament; photo by Chris Garlock
TODAY’S LABOR HISTORY: The U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations is formed by Congress, during a period of great labor and social unrest. After three years, and hearing witnesses ranging from Wobblies to capitalists, it issued an 11-volume report frequently critical of capitalism. The New York Herald characterized the Commission's president, Frank P. Walsh, as "a Mother Jones in trousers" (1912); Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco (at right) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (at left), accused of murder and tried unfairly, were executed on this day. The case became an international cause and sparked demonstrations and strikes throughout the world (1927); Seven merchant seamen crewing the SS Baton Rouge Victory lost their lives when the ship was sunk by Viet Cong action en route to Saigon (1966); Farm Workers Organizing Committee (to later become United Farm Workers of America) granted a charter by the AFL-CIO (1966); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Boston Public Library
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