LABOR TO CELEBRATE SOCIAL SECURITY’S 75TH BIRTHDAY: Labor and community allies will celebrate the 75th birthday of Social Security this Saturday at the Greenbelt Community Center in Maryland. “Drop by to show your support for protecting Social Security and Medicare from any benefit cuts or raising of the retirement age,” say event organizers, which include National Nurses United/California Nurses Association, the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare. Invited guests include Senator Benjamin Cardin, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Social Security was signed into law by Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935, and has become the largest government social insurance program in the world. Click herefor details. - photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
DEFENDING EDUCATION WORKERS: “This rally will highlight the outrageous treatment of workers by the Fenty administration,” says Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO President Jos Williams, referring to AFSCME 2921’s “Rally For Justice” this Friday to defend Para-professionals and clerical staff who work at DCPS, Head Start, OPEFM and OSSE. “The problems in the educational system are a consequence of an administration that has no compassion or care for its employees.” The workers charge that they are being forced to work out of classification and are to perform overtime without compensation; that their jobs are being “contracted out”; that they have been working without a contract for three years; and that they are subject to the implementation of “unfair IMPACT evaluation systems,” among other issues. Williams adds, “These workers are the individuals who are on the front line of taking care of our most precious assets - our children.” The rally is scheduled this Friday, 10A-12P outside DCPS headquarters in the District’s northeast; click herefor details. - photo by Adam Wright DCLABOR NEARS 400 FOLLOWERS: Almost 400 union members and labor activists are the first to hear about job postings, labor events and updates in the DC area via the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO’s Twitter account, DCLabor. Got labor news? Tweet us! Click hereto sign up free today! To get the tweets as text messages, make sure you set "device updates" to ON when you follow us.
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: Federal troops drive some 1,200 jobless workers from Washington D.C. Led by unemployed activist Charles "Hobo" Kelley the group's "soldiers" include young journalist Jack London (l) and William Haywood, a young miner-cowboy called "Big Bill" (1884); One hundred "platform men" employed by the privately owned United Railroads streetcar service in San Francisco abandon their streetcars, tying up many of the main lines in and out of the city center (1917); International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union receives CIO charter (1937); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
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