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SFO Passenger Service Workers Action

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Title: SFO Passenger Service Workers Action
Location: SFO International Terminal G ~ Departure Level
Link out: Click here
Description: SFO employees work hard in unhealthy and dangerous conditions and struggle with inadequate healthcare and wages that don’t keep up with the cost of living. That’s why Workers Are Fighting Together for Good Union Jobs, Respect and a Safer Airport. Unfortunately, employers are showing they are unwilling to talk about health and safety. Their bad practices are pushing passengers and workers into the line of danger. On Oct 2nd we’ll show the airlines and the airport that everyone cares about issues like broken wheelchairs and unsanitary airplane cabins.

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2019-10-02

Pathway to Progress: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Kenneth Quinnell September 6, 2019

Rustin and Cleveland Robinson
Wikimedia Commons

History has long been portrayed as a series of “great men” taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history “from the bottom up,” studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, the United States. In our new series, Pathway to Progress, we’ll take a look at various people, places and events where working people played a key role in the progress our country has made, including those who are making history right now. Today’s topic is the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

We recently marked the 56th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The full title makes it clear that the historical touchstone was about civil rights and worker rights. And the labor movement was key to the success of the march.

By any account, the march on Aug. 28, 1963, was a success. More than 250,000 people participated in what was then the largest demonstration for human rights in U.S. history. The pathway that led to the march started much earlier.

A. Philip Randolph, a leader in both the civil rights movement and a labor organizer with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, began pushing for a march on Washington as early as 1941. Randolph, labor activist Bayard Rustin and others nearly pulled off a march that year, but it was called off late in the organizing. From then until late 1962, Randolph got little response from civil rights leaders. Changing this would be a key to pulling the march off. He worked with the heads of the “Big Six” civil rights organizations, which included not only Randolph’s Sleeping Car Porters, but also the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Conference of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

That began to change once Randolph and Rustin got together to plan a march commemorating the centennial of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In early 1963, Bull Connor became national news when he turned fire hoses and attack dogs on children and then attitudes about the march quickly changed. Rustin was to originally direct operations for the march, but when some activists balked at having a homosexual man as the face of the march, he was replaced by Randolph.

Rustin continued to organize the event, however, and leading up to the march, they faced tough challenges, including bringing together civil rights leaders, defending against attacks from segregationists, moderates who wanted a slower approach to progress and the logistics of the largest peaceful protest in the country’s history. 

The influence of Randolph and Rustin on the agenda of the march was obvious. Among the list of demands the marchers presented were: a massive federal jobs and training program for unemployed workers, a national minimum wage that provided for a decent standard of living, an expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of labor and a federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination in government hiring at all levels.

Labor’s influence on the march wasn’t limited to leadership. The UAW provided much of the funding for the march. Randolph’s Sleeping Car Porters helped transport thousands of demonstrators to and from the event. And many unions participated in the march, either officially or unofficially, as their members joined the cause.

One of the most important and memorable events in American history was not only a civil rights event, but from beginning to end, a demonstration on behalf of working people. We face many of the same issues in our current political climate, and the efforts that led to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom provide us with inspiration to continue building an America where all working people can thrive.

Rally at Laguna Honda Hospital with SEIU 1021 for Adequate Staffing

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Title: Rally at Laguna Honda Hospital with SEIU 1021 for Adequate Staffing
Location: Laguna Honda Hospital ~ 375 Laguna Honda Blvd, SF
Description: Rally at Laguna Honda Hospital with SEIU 1021 for Adequate Staffing
Thursday, September 12th at 11:30 AM
375 Laguna Honda Blvd, SF
Start Time: 11:30
Date: 2019-09-12

March for Rent We Can Afford!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Title: March for Rent We Can Afford!
Location: One Bust Street, SF (Market & 1st Streets)
Link out: Click here
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2019-09-24

Speaking Event with Javier Bravo on Trade Unionism in Mexico

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Title: Speaking Event with Javier Bravo on Trade Unionism in Mexico
Location: Unite Here 2 ~ 209 Golden Gate Ave, SF
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2019-09-17
End Time: 20;00

Join AFT 2121 to Protest $100,000 Raises for Administrators amid Massive Class Cuts, Faculty Layoffs

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Title: Join AFT 2121 to Protest $100,000 Raises for Administrators amid Massive Class Cuts, Faculty Layoffs
Location: Conlan Hall ~ CCSF Ocean Campus
Description:
After months of shrinking our curriculum, cancelling classes, laying off counselors, and cutting library hours, Chancellor Mark Rocha handed out enormous raises to college administrators, increasing some salaries by over $100,000, and pushing the pay of Senior Vice Chancellors Tom Boegel, Dianna Gonzales, and Rueben Smith to well over a quarter million dollars!
These raises were built in to the budget approved by the Board of Trustees on August 22nd. Board members contend they did not explicitly approve these administrative raises which means there is still time for the Board to

push the Chancellor to put a stop to this!
Right now, admin are cutting fully enrolled sections. Library and Counseling hours have been slashed. This decision to prioritize raises for top administrators comes immediately after Rocha, citing budget constraints, cancelled over 100 Fall semester classes, laid off numerous academic counselors and instructors, and cut library hours and other student services. This is forcing over-crowding of the sections that remain. How can our chancellor justify using the college’s funds to line the pockets of the same people who are making these cuts?

Faculty and students are justifiably incensed, and we will not stand for it!
AFT 2121 calls on all members to join us on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Conlan Hall to show our outrage and demand:
o An immediate, emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees Budget Committee on the proposed administrative salary scale
o Cancellation of these increases
o Redirection of these funds to recall laid off counselors & instructors and restore cancelled classes and library hours.

We know that many of you are teaching during that time. Never-fear! You can still stand with us:
• Wear your #RedForEd AFT T-shirt or a red outfit on Thursday.
• Take a solidarity selfie with your colleagues and students. If possible, make and hold a sign that describes what other priorities at our college the hundreds of thousands of dollars in these raises could be used for.
o Send to James jtracy@aft2121.org and Athena awaid@aft2121.org.
o Post and share on social media and, if you’re able, tag Rocha and Trustees.

More info: 415-585-2121

Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2019-09-12

Yes on E — Affordable Communities Now Kickoff

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Title: Yes on E — Affordable Communities Now Kickoff
Location: 1530 43rd Ave, San Francisco
Link out: Click here
Description: We all know that San Francisco is in an affordable housing crisis, and we desperately need to create more affordable housing in every party of the city. On November 5, voters will have a chance to address the number one barrier to affordable housing: funding.

Prop E will complement the $600 million affordable housing bond (Prop A) placed on the ballot by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors by rezoning lots over 10,000 square feet and publicly owned lots (except parks) to allow for development of 100% affordable housing. Prop E will also create an educator housing pilot program with $20 million in dedicated funding.

Join us for our official kickoff outside Francis Scott Key Elementary to hear from Prop E’s authors and supporters, then stick around for our first lit drop! Check out the Facebook Event Page for more info.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2019-09-15
End Time: 15:00

Discussion Panel: Careers in Labor and Social Justice Movements

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Title: Discussion Panel: Careers in Labor and Social Justice Movements
Location: UC Berkeley Career Center 2440 Bancroft Way, 3rd Floor Berkeley, CA
Description: Discussion Panel: Careers in Labor and Social Justice Movements
Thursday, October 1, 2019, 5:00-6:30 PM
UC Berkeley Career Center
2440 Bancroft Way, 3rd Floor
Berkeley, CA
The Labor Center is co-sponsoring this event with the UC Berkeley Career Center
This discussion panel and networking event is for students interested in careers working towards social and economic justice. This event will highlight the different kinds of jobs and pathways to working as community and labor organizers, researchers, and political advocates. Speaker backgrounds will include a variety of issues related to labor and social justice movements.
Space is limited. Please register for the event.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2019-10-01

Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Title: Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor
Location: ESC-IFPTE Local 20 810 Clay St. Oakland CA
Description: Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:00-6:30 PM
ESC-IFPTE Local 20
810 Clay St.
Oakland CA
Co-Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and ESC-IFPTE Local 20
Event Speaker: Steven Greenhouse
Join us for a conversation with book author and longtime New York Times labor correspondent, Steven Greenhouse. His latest book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, is an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and how they can be re-empowered.
ABOUT BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UP
In an era when corporate profits have soared while wages have flatlined, millions of Americans are searching for ways to improve their lives, and they’re often turning to labor unions and worker action, whether #RedforEd teachers’ strikes or the Fight for $15. Wage stagnation, low-wage work, and blighted blue-collar communities have become an all-too-common part of modern-day America, and behind these trends is a little-discussed problem: the decades-long decline in worker power.
Steven Greenhouse sees this decline reflected in some of the most pressing problems facing our nation today, including income inequality, declining social mobility, the gender pay gap, and the concentration of political power in the hands of the wealthy. He rebuts the often-stated view that labor unions are outmoded–or even harmful–by recounting some of labor’s victories, and the efforts of several of today’s most innovative and successful worker groups. He shows us the modern labor landscape through the stories of dozens of American workers, from G.M. workers to Uber drivers, and we see how unions historically have empowered–and lifted–the most marginalized, including young women garment workers in New York in 1909, black sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968, and hotel housekeepers today. Greenhouse proposes concrete, feasible ways in which workers’ collective power can be–and is being–rekindled and reimagined in the twenty-first century.
This event is free and open to the public.
Register for the event on Eventbrite or by visiting the Facebook event page.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2019-10-15

Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Title: Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor
Location: ESC-IFPTE Local 20 810 Clay St. Oakland CA
Description: Book Talk: Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:00-6:30 PM
ESC-IFPTE Local 20
810 Clay St.
Oakland CA
Co-Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and ESC-IFPTE Local 20
Event Speaker: Steven Greenhouse
Join us for a conversation with book author and longtime New York Times labor correspondent, Steven Greenhouse. His latest book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, is an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and how they can be re-empowered.
ABOUT BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UP
In an era when corporate profits have soared while wages have flatlined, millions of Americans are searching for ways to improve their lives, and they’re often turning to labor unions and worker action, whether #RedforEd teachers’ strikes or the Fight for $15. Wage stagnation, low-wage work, and blighted blue-collar communities have become an all-too-common part of modern-day America, and behind these trends is a little-discussed problem: the decades-long decline in worker power.
Steven Greenhouse sees this decline reflected in some of the most pressing problems facing our nation today, including income inequality, declining social mobility, the gender pay gap, and the concentration of political power in the hands of the wealthy. He rebuts the often-stated view that labor unions are outmoded–or even harmful–by recounting some of labor’s victories, and the efforts of several of today’s most innovative and successful worker groups. He shows us the modern labor landscape through the stories of dozens of American workers, from G.M. workers to Uber drivers, and we see how unions historically have empowered–and lifted–the most marginalized, including young women garment workers in New York in 1909, black sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968, and hotel housekeepers today. Greenhouse proposes concrete, feasible ways in which workers’ collective power can be–and is being–rekindled and reimagined in the twenty-first century.
This event is free and open to the public.
Register for the event on Eventbrite or by visiting the Facebook event page.

Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2019-10-15

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