"The Me Too Movement started over a couple of decades ago--and it’s really started with some women of color who came out and nobody was really listening to them which is painful--always painful.”
That’s SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris on the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s State of the Unions podcast…
(audio) This resurgence after Harvey Weinstein came up, the #MeToo was a rebirth of that group with more voices, surrounding and more people saying you have to hear us. So clearly, it always does take a village. We cannot expect one group just to do it alone.
I’ve been in this business for over 35 years…and many other people have felt, men and women…I’m not going to say anything. I’m a survivor. I’m going to work through it. This moment in time allowed for people to re-evaluate and to say uh this is not just only me and that we must speak out to help change things. I think it was a really interesting time and when that explosion happened in the industry and in the country and ultimately the world, because I actually speak around the world with other Unions who are dealing with sexual assault--that first came out, the recognition of it’s not enough, where speaking out is only the beginning. How do we really create systemic change, was really important. In order for there to be systemic change, we recognized we had to go and implement laws. And, we had to actually do education and we had to tell people what their rights are. It was a great opportunity for us. I know where people look at this, as like, ‘Oh, this is devastating.’ I actually thought, ‘This is an amazing moment. This is a moment where we get to redefine how we communicate, giving people the power to speak up, and then to give them the tools so that they can actually help to prevent.'"
You can hear the entire interview with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris on the State of the Unions podcast wherever you listen to podcasts
On today’s labor calendar,
Locked-out Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians picket today from 8:30 to 10:30am and then again from noon to 2pm.
At 11am this morning, UFCW 400 and allies will Rally and march for a Fair Contract at Giant & Safeway, starting at the Giant on 7th Street NW;
and of course be sure to tune in at 1 o’clock this afternoon right here on WPFW for this week’s edition of Your Rights at Work, when our guests will include BSO Players’ Committee chair Brian Prechtl, "Becca" Jones on the effect of Sharpiegate on federal workers, and labor lawyer David Schloss with our first “Case Closed” report.
For details and all the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1932, jobless workers marched on grocery stores and seized food in Toledo, Ohio.
Today’s labor quote is by Steven Greenhouse, who, in his new book “Beaten Down, Worked Up” writes “In no other industrial nation do employers fight so hard to defeat, indeed quash, labor unions.” Greenhouse argues that we need a strong workers’ movement, quote, “to serve as a countervailing force to corporate power.”
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