Union members need to be talking to each other about the issues so we can work together to advance our shared agenda. That’s why the AFL-CIO is asking: “What do you care about?” Please click here now to let us know, and together we can improve the lives of working people across the country. This is part of the AFL-CIO's Week of Action around the theme “Protect our Freedoms”: the freedom to stand together in a union. Freedom to participate in and preserve democracy. Freedom to earn fair pay in return for our labor. Freedom of a safe workplace & a voice on the job. Freedom of control over our own bodies.
“Union members worked together across the labor movement to win many important victories for working people last year,” says the AFL-CIO. “We secured historic funding and investment in our nation’s infrastructure, saved our pensions, helped striking workers secure better contracts and unleashed a wave of union organizing. We kept our country moving forward through a global pandemic. But there’s still so much we can do together. Passing pro-worker laws will strengthen us at the bargaining table so we can care for ourselves and our families.”
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August 18-20: Virginia AFL-CIO Convention
Williamsburg, VA. Details to follow.
September 12: CSA Golf Tourney
The 25th annual Metropolitan Washington Council Community Services Agency’s golf tournament will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 at the Enterprise Golf Course, 2802 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. More info/details: Letycia Pastrana, [email protected] or call 678-429-8174.
October 13-15: Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO Convention
The Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO 33rd Biennial Convention is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Details to follow.
“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.”
This week’s Labor History Today podcast: A cold wind and a hot summer sit-down. Last week’s show: Tragedy and Resistance at Port Chicago Naval Magazine. photo: 1948 government cafeteria worker strike.
A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones' March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, publicizing the harsh conditions of child labor, arrives today. They are not allowed through the gates - 1903
Models picketed to announce that beer was back. Twenty-five young women marched in front of the Blatz Brewing Co. on July 29, 1953, to celebrate the return of the brand of beer, then joined a street celebration at E. Highland Ave. and N. Broadway, where a band played for dancers. The events marked the end of a 76 day strike by some 7,100 Milwaukee brewery workers.
Following a five-year table grape boycott, Delano-area growers file into the United Farm Workers union hall in Delano, Calif. to sign their first union contracts - 1970
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Act, providing federally-funded health insurance for senior citizens - 1964
Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Presumed to be dead, his body has never been found - 1975
United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide - 1999
Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a two-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents - 1970
Fifty-day baseball strike ends - 1981
The Great Shipyard Strike of 1999 ends after Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding ratify a breakthrough agreement which nearly doubles pensions, increases security, ends inequality, and provides the highest wage increases in company and industry history to nearly 10,000 workers at the yard. The strike lasted 15 weeks - 1999