Solidarity With Chicago Teachers Union & SEIU Local 73! An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!

Chicago Teachers Union

Monday was just the beginning. Tomorrow, we put more than 30,000 CTU educators and SEIU Local 73 SECAs, custodians and security guards in the streets for the schools our students deserve. And we won’t stop until we have everything we need to make this city better.

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One of our wonderful families at Salazar Bilingual supporting the fight for a fair contract! #standwithCTU #faircontractnow #solidarity

Chicago Educators Will Strike for Our Students, Because it’s Always Been Personal

Chicago Educators Will Strike for Our Students, Because it’s Always Been Personal

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By dstieber, October 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

For 13 years I’ve been teaching in Chicago. 13 years of budget cuts, no librarians, part time nurses, not enough counselors. 13 years of of promises from Mayors and CEOs to improve our schools. Yet, educators always do more with less. That is why the city continues to take. It knows that because teachers love our students we will always do our best, even with no resources.

We love our students so much that we don’t share our teaching stories with non-teachers willingly. We are cautious, we don’t want anyone to judge our students or us. We have pride in our schools. Our schools become our identities. Our kids are on our minds long after the bell rings. We reflect on what went well and obsess on what we need to improve.

Contrary to what I believed when I was a student, teachers have lives outside of school. We are parents, partners, taxpayers, and relied upon by many others in our lives.

So when someone dare calls us greedy it is a right hook to our face. How dare they? Our love for our students and our schools physically drains us. We don’t get enough sleep, we over eat, over stress because of our professions. We stay after the school day ends to grade, to coach, to mentor, for free. We give up our time with our own families for people’s kids.

How dare you call us greedy. How dare you ignore us when we ask for better conditions for our students. It’s not easy for us to do this. We went into teaching because we love kids. We were told our career choice was noble. Yet, now we find ourselves being called greedy because we dare ask for better conditions for our students? We opened up, advocated and showed our love for our students out loud and you called us names.

Tomorrow we are about to perform a noble action taught to us by Gandhi, MLK, Chavez, and Raby. Tomorrow we will strike. We will strike for our students. We will strike for our schools. We will strike to improve our city. We will go without pay. We will risk outsiders talking badly about us. It will sting, it will be hard, but it’s past time that our students have the same basic necessities that every suburban student has had for years.

We will strike because we are noble. We will strike because we know our moral compass points to equity, it points toward justice and we know those are things the students of Chicago have never had….

UAW Strike At GM Still On! Join the Picket Lines in Hudson, WI!

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Brothers and Sisters,

UAW Local 722 workers in Hudson are on day 31 of their strike at General Motors (GM).

The UAW International Union announced earlier today, Wednesday October 16, that a proposed tentative agreement with GM has been reached and has been sent to the UAW GM National Council for Approval. The UAW GM National Council will meet tomorrow, October 17, to vote on whether to recommend the tentative agreement to the full UAW-GM membership for ratification.

The picket lines will continue until the strike is over. During the October 17 meeting, the UAW GM Council will decide whether to continue the strike until ratification concludes or to stop the strike at the time of the Council’s approval of the agreement.

We will continue to stand in solidarity and join UAW Local 722 on the line in Hudson. All are encouraged to join the picket line until the strike over.

Join the GM Strike Line

2200 Willis Miller Drive, Hudson

Hot food, groceries, and size 2 and 3 diapers can be dropped off at 2200 Willis Miller Drive, Hudson.

Solidarity Strengthens Strike in Hudson

Thank you to all Wisconsin AFL-CIO affiliates, councils, union members, and community members who have joined workers on the line in Hudson. Support has poured in from every corner of Wisconsin for UAW Local 722 striking families. Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Bloomingdale was on the line, bringing pizza to strikers and meeting with local leadership. Gov. Tony Evers tweeted his support. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, whose own father is a proud UAW member, joined striking workers. Wisconsin Senator Patty Schachtner walked the line. On Friday, October 4, The Western and Wisconsin AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Councils hosted a BBQ Cookout and Family Day, delivering groceries, diapers, and supplies for UAW Local 722 and rolled out the trailer with grills to cook brats for striking workers and their families. And many more Wisconsin unions, union members, and councils, in addition to community members, joined UAW striking families.

Your solidarity brings strength and resolve during an extremely difficult time for UAW members and families.

As the tentative agreement makes its way through the UAW process, we will continue to stand in solidarity with UAW Local 722 striking families in Hudson until the strike is over and all UAW workers are back on the job.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer

Appleton, October 21, 2019: Rally with SEIU HCWI Workers

Rally with SEIU HCWI Workers

Appleton Action Flyer General 10-21-19

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1301 N Meade Street, Appleton, 5-6 P.M. 

Members and allies are rallying on Monday, October 21, 2019 to tell ThedaCare – Appleton to put patient safety first and invest in their employees. The final offer provided by the employer did not address the core issues of negotiations – recruiting and retaining well trained staff to be able to provide quality care in a safe, sterile environment to our patients and community.

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The staffing shortages have direct impacts on patient care and patient safety. They cannot fill the vacated positions fast enough to not be chronically understaffed, and when they do fill them, the new staff cannot be adequately trained, as the existing staff have too significant a workload to properly train.

Appleton Action Flyer General 10-21-19

Harvard Grad Students to Begin Voting on Strike Authorization

Graduate students across the University will begin voting Tuesday whether to authorize a student worker strike, marking an escalation in the negotiation process that began exactly one year ago.

Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers’ bargaining committee announced their plans to hold a strike authorization vote Oct. 8 as major contractual issues — including compensation, healthcare, and harassment and discrimination protections — remain unresolved.

“This is our chance to make our voices heard loud and clear to the administration, and to declare forcefully that the Administration must move on our key issues we care most about and negotiate the contract we deserve,” the bargaining committee wrote in an email to its members Friday.

Successful strike authorization would not immediately trigger a strike, but rather would permit the bargaining committee to call for a strike when it sees fit.

Voting will begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Wasserstein Hall at the Law School. It will continue throughout the week in 21 locations across Harvard’s Cambridge and Longwood campuses, as well as the Broad and Ragon Institutes on MIT’s campus, according to the union’s email. Voters will fill out a secret paper ballot.

The email lists voting times through Friday, but more times may be announced as voting proceeds, according to bargaining committee member Ege Yumusak ’16.

All student workers who have signed a union card will be eligible to vote, and union cards will be available to sign at the polls, the email said. Student workers include former and current workers, as well as those who “expect to be employed by the university.”

University spokesperson Jonathan L. Swain reiterated the University’s position that the strike authorization is “unwarranted” in an emailed statement Tuesday.

“The University continues to approach these negotiations in good faith and has offered substantive proposals that address the concerns raised by HGSU-UAW throughout these negotiations,” Swain wrote.

In order to pass, the vote needs affirmation from a two-thirds majority of those voting — not the entire bargaining unit — based on rules set out in the UAW Constitution.

Beverley Brakeman, director of UAW Region 9A, which includes most of the Northeast, wrote in an email that this rule sets a higher standard for passage of a strike authorization than most other union decisions.

“Unlike other internal votes in the UAW, which are decided by a simple majority of those voting, strike votes have a higher bar,” she wrote.

The vote will be overseen by HGSU’s elections committee, which previously ran the union’s bargaining committee election in June 2018, and last month appointed two new bargaining committee members by acclamation.

Ahead of the vote, the bargaining committee emailed union members imploring its general membership to authorize a strike, but acknowledged that it was each worker’s own choice.

“How to vote is an individual choice for each member,” the bargaining committee wrote in its email. “We, your bargaining committee, recommend voting in favor of a strike authorization.”

Brakeman wrote that while UAW will provide assistance running the vote, the HGSU-UAW elections committee will be in charge of the “process and final ballot count.”

“As with all other phases of the organizing and bargaining campaign, experienced UAW representatives will provide support, guidance and coordination to help ensure the process goes smoothly,” she wrote.

Several organizations across campus offered their support to the strike authorization effort ahead of polls opening Tuesday….

Last week, the Harvard Graduate Students Union announced it would hold a strike authorization vote.

The Secret White House Memo: Inside Trump’s Plan to Destroy Unions


This is the first segment of AFGE’s 5-part series: The Secret Memo Inside Trump’s Plan to Destroy Unions.

A leaked White House memo, as first reported by the New York Times and then obtained by POLITICO, outlines President Trump’s plans to destroy public and private-sector unions, get rid of worker protections, cripple workers’ ability to organize, and increase profits for corporate special interests.

This explosive 19-page document was prepared in 2017 by Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy James Sherk, who was previously a research fellow at the regressive, anti-worker Heritage Foundation.

The memo, laced with familiar half-truths and outright lies, is proof that AFGE has been right all along in saying that the administration’s true goal in making changes to personnel rules is to “end collective bargaining” in the federal sector. It’s right there in their own words.

Federal workers are featured prominently in this hit piece as the administration’s main target.

  • The memo discusses ways to purge federal unions and end collective bargaining.
  • It discusses steps to dismantle the federal workforce and cut pay and benefits.
  • It has seven bullet points on firing federal employees. The administration is obviously not concerned about making the government more efficient, just how they can more efficiently get rid of career civil servants who have served their country honorably.
  • We also see here the seeds of the President’s union-busting executive orders; several bullet points made it into the EOs. The administration can no longer pretend that the EOs’ purpose is to improve the government. It’s all about destroying unions and civil servants.

Also on the hit list are private-sector workers. Among other things, the memo discusses ways to make it impossible for workers to unionize. It details steps to boost corporations’ profits by cutting workers’ overtime pay and redefining workers as independent contractors. It explains ways to shield mega-corporations from being liable for workers’ poor working conditions in franchises.

The administration’s divide-and-conquer strategy with respect to organized labor is as disgusting as it is shameful. But it won’t work. Across this country, our members and the members of every other labor union are getting educated, organized, and mobilized.

As the largest union representing federal employees, AFGE will continue to resist the President’s mob mentality and disrespect for the federal workforce and the work they do.

Next week we will go into detail of the administration’s plan to end collective bargaining at various agencies, including DoD, VA, and TSA.



Protesting Trump in Green Bay, Wisconsin April 27, 2019 /  Photo: WI BOPM

Child Detention: Palestine to Milwaukee to U.S.-Mexico Border

Child Detention: Palestine to Milwaukee to U.S.-Mexico Border

2-4 P.M. Mitchell Street Library, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI 53204

Join us for a conversation and reading with Palestinian writer and human rights activist Yousef Aljamal. Local Milwaukee activists will be on hand to discuss connections between child detention in Palestine and the U.S. prison industrial complex, including migrant detention.

Yousef is on a speaking tour in the U.S. organized nationally by JustWorld International and we’re privileged that he is coming to Milwaukee. He grew up in a refugee camp in #Gaza and lived through the three major assaults that Israel launched on the Strip in 2008, 2012, and 2014.

Yousef recently translated into English the book “Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak” and he contributed a short story to the anthology “Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine.”

All welcome. Light refreshments served.
Wheelchair accessible.
Free surface parking and on transit routes.

Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request accommodations, contact us at

**Permission to use a library space does not imply library endorsement of the aims, views, policies, or activities of any group or organization.

The U.S. tour is organized nationally by Just World Educational
and locally by: (please follow to stay updated) Jewish Voice for Peace – Milwaukee; USPCN Milwaukee; and Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement Milwaukee County Progressives No Palestine Exception Group

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Yousef Aljamal Headlining “Palestine in Crisis” U.S. October-November 2019 Speaker Tour

Dear friend-

I hope you are well and enjoying the equinox? Here at Just World Ed we’re hard at work organizing the “Palestine in Crisis” speaking tour we’re organizing with the great Gaza-Palestinian rights activist Yousef Aljamal.

We will share more details about Yousef’s tour, later. But planning is well advanced for him to speak– hopefully live!– at events in the NYC/Tristate area, Washington DC, Williamsburg and Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, Madison and Milwaukee WI, Portland OR, and Honolulu.

Do contact us if you’d like to help out at any of these events– or if you’re a media person from those areas or anywhere else in the United States who’d like to book Yousef for your show!

Yousef, who’s currently completing his PhD studies in Turkey, is a great communicator and a smart analyst who will be available to speak on three different aspects of the current Palestinian crisis:

  1. He can speak on Gaza, the region in which he grew up as a refugee (from 1948 Israel) and where, for several years prior to his departure to Turkey, he was a go-to person at the Center for Political and Development Studies.
  2. He can speak about Palestinian child detaineesHe translated into English the recent book Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak (which is now available in North America as a paperback: 174 pages, $9.99.) As a member of the DoF team, Yousef worked closely with the colleagues who had gathered those testimonies in the West Bank– an area with which he also has close family ties.
  3. He can speak eloquently to the whole issue of settler colonialism in Palestine.
  4. I am particularly happy to be bringing Yousef back to audiences in the United States. Back in 2014, my company Just World Books worked with the American Friends Service Committee to organize a nationwide speaking for three young writers from Gaza, of whom Yousef was one. You can read some accounts of that tour on this little blog we set up at the time.

    I saw firsthand the deep transformations that can take place in the thinking of American people who previously had never knowingly met a person from Gaza, when they first meet and listen to one! Americans are subjected to such a high degree of demonizing propaganda about the Palestinians in general, and Gaza Palestinians in particular…

    Talking of which, I hope you’ve seen the 4-page factsheet we produced recently: “Understanding Gaza and Hamas”? If not, you can download it here. It’s a PDF that occupies 294 KB.

    I should tell you that Yousef is still awaiting his U.S. visa. Of course, we’re strongly hoping it will come through in time for him to make all his gigs. If by chance it does not, then the plan is to have him “appear” at the events organized by our partners and friends all around the country via video link. Stay tuned.

    … Also, friends, as I’m sure you understand, all our programs take resources to accomplish well. If you are moved to make a donation to help support Yousef’s tour and our other programs, that would be very much appreciated!