The new political climate and the new White House are showing every intention of fighting the worker protections that have been won by the labor movement over the last 140+ years. Workers have not been taking these threats lightly, and have been taking to the streets in the name of protecting the needs and the rights of all working people.
Sound familiar? It’s because worker protections are something we must fight to maintain and expand. We know that the victories of working people have been hard-fought, but we also know that we can win if we stand together.
On Friday, March 24th, we will gather to remember the 146 lives lost 106 years ago. We will gather together to recommit to the fight to protect all workers, because we are activists, and activists stand up for each other. Whether your workplace is a garment factory, a non-union construction site, a nail salon, a classroom or anywhere in between, let us remember the lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Worker protection cannot be passive. Worker protection takes action, and we must stand together as a movement that relies on determination, solidarity, and hope for a better future.
Each year, we gather to remember the 146 workers who lost their lives in the tragic blaze, and to recommit to fighting for workers’ rights. This year’s program will also highlight two industries where worker abuses are rampant: Farm work and construction.
While President Donald Trump was tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, former presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was doing something Trump had promised to do throughout his campaign: advocating for workers.
Source: Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers’ Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory | Common Dreams
In the U.S. journalists are under verbal attack. In Mexico our fellow journalists are being murdered.
Dead Mexican journalists are old news. But we can’t stop covering them.
Source: The Murders of My Colleagues – The New York Times
Metro edit: Headline should say CUNY union, the Professional Staff Congress, fights for student stuck in Travel Ban.
Approximately 120 students at the city university could be affected by the recent travel ban, CUNY said.
Source: CUNY Vows to Fight for Brooklyn Student Stuck in Iran After Travel Ban – Downtown Brooklyn – DNAinfo New York
Drivers have stopped picking up passengers at JFK airport in solidarity with a rally at Terminal 4.
Source: Some New York Taxi Drivers Are Striking In Protest Of Trump’s Refugee Ban – BuzzFeed News
A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted
Source: Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | Media | The Guardian
New York unions are packing up and heading to D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington.
Source: N.Y. unions are packed and ready for Women’s March on Washington
An internal memo outlines plans to slash budgets by 30 percent at SEIU, the group behind the Fight for $15.
Source: Fear of Trump Triggers Deep Spending Cuts by Nation’s Second-Largest Union – Bloomberg
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement this Thanksgiving, reaffirming the labor movement’s commitment to hold America’s newly elected president accountable to the promises he made to working people, and reaffirming its commitment to vanquish oppression and protect the freedoms for all who live and work here.
Source: A Letter of Thanks and Solidarity to Union Members and All Working People
Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, said on Tuesday that he believed Trump lied to the Carrier workers last week.
Source: Donald Trump insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone started to ring. – The Washington Post