MWC/CSA offices close at 1p today for the Thanksgiving holiday and re-open Monday, November 27 at 9a. The next Union City will be on Monday, as well. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Members of OPEIU Local 2 at several of their shops have stepped up to help the Community Services Agency with its Holiday Basket Project for working families in need. Members and staff at the National Electrical Benefits Fund conducted their holiday food drive right before Thanksgiving (they do one in June as well for CSA) resulting in a carload stuffed with food and baby supplies. Members of Local 2 at AFGE are adopting two families as they have done for a number of years, and so are staff at Union Plus. And Local 2 members at Kaiser Permanente had a Gratitude Tree that resulted in a harvest of $600 in food gift cards, checks and cash. “What a way to start your holiday season!” said Local 2 Union Partnership Rep Audrey King in a thank you note to her fellow union members. “We were able to take our Gratitude Tree to a new level; Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to your families!” Stay tuned for more “Labor Cares- Labor Shares” stories as the list of CSA Holiday Basket helpers increases! For more info – and to let us know what your local is doing -- call 202 974-8221 or 8226 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
photos: (right) Kaiser staff with their Giving Tree; (left) Local 2 steward Sonia Cartwright, Mike Desautels and Lynn Kelly with their donated goodies
Thanksgiving is a time to be spent with family and friends, and NOT a day to boost retail sales. This year, our friends over at Labor 411 wanted to thank the companies that have made the pro-working families decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for the complete list, from Ace Hardware to TJ Maxx, and we've also got a link for a union-made Thanksgiving shopping list, from turkey to sides and, of course, dessert!
Clara Lemlich, a 19-year old garment worker in New York City. On November 22, 1909, after sitting through two hours of speeches by men warning about the dangers of striking, Lemlich (right) took over the podium and said:
“I have no further patience for talk as I am one of those who feels and suffers from the things pictured. I move that we go on a general strike...now!”
The audience rose to their feet and cheered, then voted for a strike. Source
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