Local unions or allies looking to book a union caterer for their next event should avoid Congress Catering, says Unite Here Local 25. The non-union caterer "may be misrepresenting their union status to get business," says Local 25's Sam Epps, adding that "They may even show up wearing Local 25 buttons at events. However they DO NOT have a union contract with us or our sister food service Local 23." Click here for the latest listings of area union caterers.
Worker center and community organizers from across the country came together last week at the “Activism, Resistance, and Sustainability Convening” at the Tommy Douglas Center to discuss their place, power and opportunities within the labor movement and the broader fight for justice. The three-day conference was organized by the Rutgers Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) for worker centers and included discussions, speakers and expert panels. Organizers from across the country gathered to learn from each other and grow as organizers. "CIWO is particularly important and relevant to the National Black Worker Center Project," said Tanya Wallace Gobern, Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project, "as it provides a forum to discuss the changing cultural and political dynamics that impact our world while nurturing activists and organizers posed to invest in community that moves forward and not backwards." Metro Washington Council Union Cities intern Mack Miller -- who attended and helped staff the conference -- agreed, saying that “hearing about the experiences of organizers from around the country working with different communities of workers and the need for a diversity of organizational structures and approaches was really inspiring.”
- photo by Marilyn Sneiderman
“You only make progress by fighting for progress.”
George Meany, plumber, founding AFL-CIO president, born in City Island, Bronx. Meany served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL from 1940 to 1952, succeeded as president of the AFL, and then continued as president of the AFL-CIO following the historic merger in 1955 until retiring in 1979 - 1894
photo: George Meany sculpture on display at AFL-CIO
Homer Martin, early United Auto Workers leader, born in Marion, Ill. - 1902
Congress passes the National Apprenticeship Act, establishing a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs. It was later amended to permit the Labor Department to issue regulations protecting the health, safety and general welfare of apprentices, and to encourage the use of contracts in their hiring and employment - 1937
National Agricultural Workers Union merges into Amalgamated Meat Cutters & ButcherWorkmen - 1960
Int’l Union of Wood, Wire & Metal Lathers merges with United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners - 1979
South African police opened fire on a large crowd of men who had walked out on strike (right) at the British-owned Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana, killing 34 workers. The miners – who earned roughly $400 a month – were on strike over wages. In contrast, Lonmin’s annual profits for shareholders in 2011 was $273 million, and its CEO was paid nearly $2 million a year - 2012
Compiled/edited by Union Communication Services and Today in Labor History
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