SCHOOL OFFICERS’ UNION PUSHES FOR “FAIR SHARE” OF FED FUNDS: The Council of School Officers (CSO) is urging Mayor Adrian Fenty and DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Michelle Rhee to recognize the critically important jobs filled by many of its members who work as assistant principals, school psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, special education coordinators and other service providers. Despite their significant role in day-to-day student success and achievement, “DCPS has inexplicably decided to freeze out these individuals from a fair share of the millions of federal dollars that have been specifically approved to fairly compensate education professionals,” CSO said in a letter to Fenty and Rhee last week. The union is calling on Fenty and Rhee to “fully explain and document the types of funds being used by DCPS to compensate employees and where that money is being spent.”
SCREEN SCENE INSPIRES ANEW: “We kicked that bosses' ass and now he's in jail where he belongs,” said UE’s Chris Townsend (below) at Monday night’s screening of Workers’ Republic. More than 50 area activists packed the Langston Room at the U Street Busboys and Poets to watch the inspiring story of the workers at Republic Windows and Doors whose successful December 2008 sit-in transfixed the nation. The screening was sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest, United Electrical Workers Union, DC Jobs With Justice and the International Socialist Organization. REMINDER: Support the 10th annual DC Labor FilmFest by reserving your ad in the FilmFest program guide today! Click here for a FilmFest ratesheetand email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space. - photo by Chris Garlock
AUSSIE ACTIVIST/AUTHOR ON BUILDING POWER IN COALITIONS: Australian activist and author Amanda Tattersall will discuss how to build powerful coalitions between unions and community organizations at today's lunchtime discussionat the AFL-CIO, where she'll also launch her new book "Power in Coalition." "Tattersall examines successful coalitions between unions and community organizations in three countries: the public education coalition in Sydney, Toronto's Ontario Health Coalition fighting to save universal health care, and Chicago's living wage campaign run by the Grassroots Collaborative," says the AFL-CIO. Click here for details or email email@example.com to RSVP.
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TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: Birth of Allan Pinkerton, whose strike-breaking detectives ("Pinks") gave us the word "fink" (1819); Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters - America's first African American labor union – founded at a meeting in New York City. “We went through miles of smiles and years of struggle,” says 99-year-old former porter Linus Scott. The founding of the Brotherhood was an important milestone in the labor movement, which had previously been all white. But more importantly, it laid the foundation for the modern civil rights movement, by proving that blacks could organize and achieve tangible results. A. Philip Randolph became the union's first organizer (1925); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo: a sleeping car porter employed by the Pullman Company at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois 1943; photo courtesy Library of Congress
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