George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppressions and miseries imposed on them.” - 1829
Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville - 1891
After 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed in Keystone, S.D.- 1941
The Upholsterers Int’l Union merges into the United Steelworkers - 1949
Int'l Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors of the United States & Canada surrenders its AFL-CIO charter and is disbanded - 1971
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The Community Services Agency helped kick off the DC One Fund Fall 2017 drive at the DC Department of Human Services last Wednesday. CSA "is the only Washington area labor non-profit helping union members during times of hardship, as well as helping to close the gap of economic disparity by giving low income District residents training to prepare for construction apprenticeships," Assistant Executive Director Sonte DuCote told attendees. The DC One Fund is a United Way National Capital Area initiative that provides the opportunity for District government workers to give to local non-profits like CSA. Last year, the DC One Fund collected $1 million to support local non-profits working to provide vital services to District residents, and has set this year’s goal at $1.2 million. District Government workers may designate contributions to the CSA using DC One Fund #8253. Click here to give online.
photo: Michelle Monk (AFGE Local 383), DuCote and Mary Farmer-Allen (AFSCME Local 2401); photo by Andrew Washington, DC Office of the Secretary
Tens of thousands of federal workers like Wesley McCarville -- an AFGE District 14 member, AFGE local 1924 – have traveled to Puerto Rico and other natural disasters this year to aid in hurricane recovery efforts. “Now their pay is on the chopping block,” says AFGE in a 60-second video. “Tell Congress to support workers like Wesley by not cutting federal pay and jobs. Call your senator today: 844-669-5146.”
1199SEIU is working with the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus to develop an apprenticeship program to train entry-level hospital employees to fill in-demand patient care jobs. The effort is backed by $70,000 in grant funding, including $50,000 from the Maryland Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Innovation Fund and another $20,000 from the Health Career Advancement Program, a national labor organization. The local 1199SEIU chapter and UMMC Midtown hope to help about 15 entry-level workers in jobs like food service, transportation and janitorial work obtain their Certified Nursing Assistant certifications. They will also help further train three to five current CNAs to become certified as patient care technicians.
- adapted from a report in the Baltimore Business Journal