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"MAY DAY AND ITS IMPORTANCE"

by Lester Muata Greene, Labor Liaison

We as trade union members should all be aware of the International Workers holiday that roots go back to Chicago, in 1886.

When the Civil War ended, the nation's factories and mines were growing fast, employing hundreds of thousands of new immigrants- German, Irish, Mexican, Chinese, and Eastern Europeans, and ten of thousands of African Americans who had just won their freedom. Workers toiled 12, 14, and even 16 hours a day, for miserable wages and in dangerous conditions.

Read more: Labor Liaison Corner - May 2014

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. - SUPPORTER OF WORKERS RIGHTS

by Lester Muata Greene, Labor Liaison

As we commemorate and remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, let's not forget he was a strong supporter of workers' rights. The reason he was down in Memphis, Tennessee, was in support of the sanitation workers that our union, AFSCME, was organizing.

Read more: Labor Liaison Corner - January 2014

AFL–CIO CONVENTION - LABOR'S NEXT STEPS

By Labor Liaison Lester Muata Greene

The AFL (American Federation of Labor) CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations)

is a national trade union center, originally formed in 1955. It's the largest federation in the US and consists of 57 national and international unions that represent more than 11 million workers.

Our international union AFSCME - American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees- is the largest within this Federation. There are 1.6 million workers in our union.

During the AFL-CIO convention that took place in September, 2013, an important turn occurred toward repositioning unions to speak for all working people in the United States. There was a shift toward more inclusion from the previously narrow focus on dues paying members and electoral work.

Read more: AFL–CIO CONVENTION- LABOR'S NEXT STEPS