Chicago Hotel Workers On Strike Ratify Some Contracts, Still On Strike at Other Hotels, Need Support


GREAT NEWS! We have ratified a contract with the following hotels:

*W City Center
*W Lakeshore
*Westin Michigan Avenue
*Westin River North
*JW Marriott
*Hotel Blake


When we stick together, we win!

See the full list of striking hotels at


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North Carolina Farmworkers Win the Right to Keep Union Dues Collection

Farm Labor Organizing Committee – FLOC

HANLEY, NORTH CAROLINA –  Today, a federal court in North Carolina ruled that a 2017 law signed by Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that stripped the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of their right to collect dues automatically off the paychecks of farmworkers was illegal.

In fall of 2017, Cooper signed into law a farm bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature that strips FLOC of their ability to collect union dues directly.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Brent Jackson, who has faced repeated lawsuits for labor rights violations filed by FLOC for abuses on his farm. In January of 2017, Jackson was forced to settle a $100,000 wage theft suit brought by FLOC on behalf of workers on his farm in Autryville, North Carolina.

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) charged that the bill was racially discriminatory as the bill specifically targeted Latino farmworkers, who make up 90% of North Carolina’s farmworker.

Today, a federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina agreed with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee that the law violated the 14th amendment since North Carolina allows other groups of workers to have their dues deducted from their paychecks.

“We’re happy that the federal court saw clearly that this racist law was an effort to stop farmworkers from having the resources to fund their own institution and fight for a more fair workplace,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez.

“Judge Biggs’ decision to enjoin this discriminatory law means that FLOC can get back to work focusing on the needs of its members,” said Clermont Ripley, staff attorney with the NC Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Project. “This is more critical than ever right now as farm workers throughout eastern North Carolina are struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Florence.”

With over 12,000 members in North Carolina, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee has been a trailblazing union in standing up for the rights of guest workers.

Guest workers have traditionally been one of the most exploited groups as they rely on a visa from their employer in order to stay in the country…

Farm Labor Organizing Committee – FLOC

Farm Labor Organizing Committee members and their allies rally in North Carolina (National Farm Workers Ministries)

Response to suicide at Columbia Correctional: Phone Zap Against Security Director 9/24/18

EXPO MKE encourages you to join WI Prison Voices in this action on Monday 9/24/18. On September 1st, 2018 a young man at Columbia Correctional Institute committed suicide while on suicide watch having already attempted suicide the week prior.

Our expectation is people in DOC custody are SAFE. 
Please help send the message that NEGLIGENCE is HOMICIDE & we aren’t going to stand for it, we stand WITH the residents of Columbia Correctional Institute.

Your Support is ONE phone call away.

To participate in the phone zap on Monday 9/24/18 against Columbia Correctional Institution, security director Lucas Weber call (608) 742-9100 extension 9145

Sample script:
“I am calling out of concern with abuses at Columbia Correctional Institution. I am horrified by the conditions that recently lead a prisoner at Columbia to commit suicide. Cries for help are being ignored. When you see an inmate with open wounds from cutting themselves, you need to give them mental health resources rather than putting them in solitary confinement. When will you make a change in prison policy?”

If you need more information on the background of Columbia Regulations campaign, read information we’ve gotten from prisoners here:

Wisconsin Prison Voices



Milwaukee, September 24, 2018: MTEA First Day of Early Voting Party

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

MTEA First Day of Early Voting Party

September 24, 2018 is the first day of In-Person Absentee Voting. We’re fired up to elect public education champions and the great news is 5 new Milwaukee locations have been added where voters can early vote.

We will gather at the Midtown Center parking lot, 5700 W Capitol Drive at 4:30 P.M. for a group photo before we all early vote together. Join us for the most important election for public schools in our lifetime.

City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Early Voting/In-Person Absentee Voting (IPAV) Schedule
2018 General Election

September 24—November 4

Monday, September 24 – Friday, October 12
Monday—Friday, 9:00am—6:00pm
Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N Broadway
(no voting at Market Street entrance)
Midtown Center, 5700 W Capitol Dr
(located west of Pick ‘n Save, enter lot at 58th & Capitol)
Mitchell Street Library, 906 W Historic Mitchell St
Monday, October 15 – Sunday, November 4
Monday—Friday, 8:00am—7:00pm

Saturdays (October 27 & November 3 only) 11:00am-5:00pm
Sundays (October 28 & November 4 only) 11:00am-5:00pm

Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N Broadway
Midtown Center, 5700 W Capitol Dr
Mitchell Street Library, 906 W Historic Mitchell St
Zablocki Library, 3501 W Oklahoma Ave
Center Street Library, 2727 W Fond du Lac Ave
Mill Road Library, 6431 N 76th St
UWM Peck School of the Arts, 2419 E Kenwood Blvd
(located in the Helene Zelazo Center across from the student union)
MATC, 700 W State St (MATC students and faculty only for this location, schedule subject to MATC hours)

*No voter registration on November 3 or November 4

MTEA April 10 2018 Milwaukee School Board Meeting