The December delegate meeting of the Metro Washington Council will be held Monday, December 18, 6:30p at the AFL-CIO. Note that the January and February 2018 meetings will be held on the fourth Mondays (1/22 and 2/26) due to the holidays.
"Since I joined the union I have had no bad days," said Kenneth Davis. Davis was accepted into the Community Services Agency’s Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship program soon after his release from prison last year, graduating in December 2016. "I think the Building Futures Program is great!" he told the current crop of students earlier this week. Now in his first year as a residential class apprentice with IBEW Local 26, the Building Futures program was so important to Davis that he took his own time to tell students what life is like for him since participating in the program. Building Futures is a pre-apprenticeship program that trains low-income DC residents to be successful in the construction industry and get placed into construction apprenticeships and living wage construction jobs. “Participants like Kenneth succeed because of their own drive and the intensive case management they receive in Building Futures to help overcome barriers to accessing apprenticeships like help obtaining drivers licenses,” said CSA Assistant Executive Director Sonte DuCote. The curriculum includes construction math, blueprint reading, and job readiness. Participants also earn certifications in areas like Flagger Safety and OSHA 10. The Winter 2018 cohort will start soon; watch for more details after New Years. To contribute to this program make a check payable to CSA and earmark for Building Futures or donate securely online at communityservicesagency.org.
- photo by Sonte DuCote
"But you don't pull a strike when the bosses want it -- so they can smash your union. You wait till you're ready, so you can win."
Morales plays Sal in the classic labor film "Salt of the Earth" (see Today's Labor History)
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AFL convention passes a 1¢ per capita assessment to aid the organization of women workers (Exact date uncertain) - 1913
The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who were going from mine to mine attacking non-striking miners in the Pittsburg coal fields. The women made headlines across the state and the nation: they were christened the "Amazon Army" by the New York Times - 1921
Eight days after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, the AFL pledges that there will be no strikes in defense-related plants for the duration of World War II - 1941
Meeting in its biennial convention, the AFL-CIO declares “unstinting support” for “measures the Administration might deem necessary to halt Communist aggression and secure a just and lasting peace” in Vietnam - 1967
The U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act becomes law. It bars employment discrimination against anyone aged 40 or older - 1967
California's longest nurses’ strike ended after workers at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp., ending a 13-month walkout - 2003
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union organizer Clinton Jencks, who led New Mexico zinc miners in the strike depicted in the classic 1954 movie Salt of the Earth, dies of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 - 2005
The National Civic Federation is formed by business and labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to resolve conflicts between management and labor. Not all unionists agreed with the alliance. The group turned increasingly conservative and labor withdrew after Gompers’ 1924 death - 1900
New York City’s Majestic Theater becomes first in the U.S. to employ women ushers - 1902
The Bagel Bakers of America union is continuing a work slowdown at 32 of New York’s 34 bagel bakeries in a dispute over health and welfare fund payments and workplace sanitation, the New York Times reports. Coincidentally—or not—lox sales were down 30 percent to 50 percent as well. The effect on the cream cheese market was not reported - 1951 graphic from the Seinfeld bagel strike episode
Eight female bank tellers in Willmar, Minn., begin the first strike against a bank in U.S. history. At issue: they were paid little more than half what male tellers were paid. The strike ended in moral victory but economic defeat two years later - 1977
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