AFGE TARGETS FENTY IN RADIO ADS: The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal and District of Columbia public employees, last week launched an ad campaign targeting D.C.’s mayor (r). In the “We Have a Problem with Our Boss,” 60 second radio spot, the public employee union details attacks against city employees by the mayor, including eliminating the Department of Public Recreation’s child care services agency. The ad also chastises the mayor for a failure to nominate members to the Public Employee Relations Board, which resolves disputes between public employees and the city. This year the mayor attempted to eliminate the agency in his proposed budget. “Public employees in the District of Columbia are in a fight to protect their jobs, their most basic civil service protections, and their dignity,” said Dwight Bowman, AFGE 14th district national vice-president (and Metro Council Executive Board member), which represents federal and D.C. employees in the metro Washington area. “This radio campaign is an articulation of those concerns.” Click herefor more on this story. - photo by Adam Wright
UNION PLUS OFFERS DISCOUNT ON PRINCETON REVIEW: The rising costs of education can be a daunting hurdle for working families. But thanks to a new Union Plus discount, union members and their children can now save up to 50% on college test prep courses (including SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) from the Princeton Review. The new offerings also include courses covering college financial aid (including FAFSA tips) and the college admissions process; union members can choose from in-person classes, tutoring or online courses. “Union groups that want to offer courses, free tests, etc. to their membership can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and we can put you in touch with a local Princeton Review office in your area,” adds Union Privilege’s Eleanor Trice. Click herefor details, or call 1-888-243-7737.
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: The Mechanics Gazette, believed to be the first U.S. labor newspaper, is published in Philadelphia, the outgrowth of a strike by Carpenters demanding a shorter, 10-hour day. The strike lost but labor journalism blossomed: within five years there were 68 labor newspapers across the country, many of them dailies (1827); The Gatling Gun Co. – manufacturers of an early machine gun – writes to B&O Railroad Co. President John W. Garrett during a strike, urging their product be purchased to deal with the "recent riotous disturbances around the country." Says the company: "Four or five men only are required to operate (a gun), and one Gatling ... can clear a street or block and keep it clear" (1877); National Association of Letter Carriers formed (1889); United Farm Workers Union begins lettuce strike (1970); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo: Cesar Chavez (third from right) leading a lettuce boycott march in New York City, 1973; photo courtesy Getty Images
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