Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU
SEIU members have zeroed in on the Maryland capitol in their fight for voting rights and living wages. 1199-sponsored legislation allowing Marylanders to register to vote on Election Day passed the House of Delegates with 91 votes last week after intense lobbying from workers. “A similar measure passed the State Senate last year,” said the union. “But we cannot take anything for granted. Call your State Senator.” 32BJ members, alongside BWI Airport contracted workers, testified for a $15/hour living wage at the State Senate this week. “All workers who keep our airports running, clean, and secure deserve living wages,” the union said. The Maryland Fight for $15 campaign was launched in January; click here to learn more and plug into the campaign.
Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU
“When I talk about women farm workers in Jordan, it is considered to be a huge army. But it is suffering from low wages and inability to earn a decent livelihood,” says Ayat Al Bakr, a farm worker and union organizer in Jordan. Solidarity Center representatives from Mexico and Peru joined Al Bakr in New York City on the Solidarity Center panel, “Rural Agricultural Women Workers Organizing to Increase Equality and Empowerment.” The panel was among dozens of parallel events taking place in conjunction with the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Read more at the Solidarity Center.
"We were there in the factories, we were there in the mills,
We were there in the mines, and came home to fix the meals.
We were there on the picket lines. We raised our voices loud.
It makes me proud, just knowing we were there."
- From Grant's song "We Were There," part of a performance celebrating women in labor movement history. Attend the performance today at the AFL-CIO and Tuesday at the Takoma Busboys & Poets (see Calendar)
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast, featuring Joe McCartin, Tula Connell and Chris Bangert-Drowns on the trial of anti-war Wobblies and the postal worker’s wildcat strike.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an eight-hour workday, with overtime pay, for interstate railway workers. Congress passed the law a year earlier to avert a nationwide rail strike – 1917
In an effort to block massive layoffs and end a strike, New York City moves to condemn and seize Fifth Avenue Coach, the largest privately owned bus company in the world - 1962
Three workers are killed, five injured during a test of the Space Shuttle Columbia - 1981
Compiled/edited by Union Communication Service
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