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July 17, 1944
Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny.

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Local and National Union News

Teamsters, 8 other unions stand united for a contract with ARC
July 6, 2018 | Local 570 Red Cross workers have joined their coworkers across the nation in a fight for a fair contract that works for everyone. They're paying close attention to negotiations, taking action and showing American Red Cross that they care about the outcome.

Water. Rest. Shade.
July 2, 2018 | The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for our area today, and a heat advisory through July 3 at 8 pm. Heat illness can be deadly. If you work outside you need to protect yourself: Drink water often. Rest in the shade. Report heat symptoms: Dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, fast heart beat, nausea, vomiting, weakness and cramping are symptoms of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke are red, hot and dry skin, high body temperature, confusion, fainting, convulsions. Both types of heat illness require emergency care. Check out OSHA's website for additional information and advice about the hazards of working in hot weather.

Important survey for American Red Cross members
June 29, 2018 | The National Bargaining Team for the Coalition of Red Cross Unions needs your input for an important survey. Over the past few years, the Coalition of American Red Cross Unions has heard many stories of American Red Cross bargaining unit employees who do not make livable wages. Even as you work long hours to serve the public and fulfill the mission of the Red Cross, it is a struggle for many of you and your families to make ends meet. The Coalition hears you and is fighting hard for you during national negotiations because we know it is not easy. Please take five minutes to complete our survey here. The survey closes on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, so please complete it before then – and encourage your coworkers to do the same!

New bargaining update includes a call to action
June 28, 2018 | The June 19-21 national bargaining session was the last scheduled national session with Red Cross. The Union Coalition made progress on issues that affect our day-to-day lives, but management remains far from the union on where the money should be invested. This special edition of national bargaining has additional information about what has happened at the national table, and what we can do next to fight for what we deserve. Keep wearing your UNITED! buttons; we’ll stay united until we reach an agreement that works for everyone!

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Elsewhere in the News
Labor Organizers Look to Apps to Reach Wider Audiences
July 17, 2018 | ORGANIZING | […] OUR Walmart, the flagship project of Organization United for Respect, has claimed a number of victories, including substantially better corporate-wide pay and leave policies. Key to this success has been the organization’s use of online platforms to foster activism, including a mobile app called WorkIt, Schlademan said. The app uses artificial intelligence to provide answers to Walmart employees about their workplace rights while serving as an organizing tool for OUR Walmart… Huffington Post
Why #Union Should Be Just The Beginning
July 16, 2018 | COMMENTARY | Mother Jones is not just a magazine, friends. An epic figure long revered in the labor movement, Mary G. Harris Jones helped lead a people-powered uprising that established workplace rights for mine workers and shined a light on the horrors of child labor in the United States in the early 1900s. At a time when women had not yet won the right to vote, she marched her "Children's Crusade" right to the doorstep of President Theodore Roosevelt and leveraged the media to build public support for the workers. Though Mother Jones lived and fought a century ago, her mission and the stakes of that battle could not be more relevant than they are today… CBS News
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Employers Will Do Almost Anything to Find Workers, Except Offer Higher Pay
July 11, 2018 | JOBS | Of all the addictions that undermine stability in communities and society at large, surely one of the worst and most persistent is the addiction of corporate managements to pleasing their shareholders. Billions of dollars are funneled to owners of capital in the form of dividends and stock buybacks, while laborers go begging for even the measliest wage increases. In recent days and weeks we’ve seen the process play out for the umpteenth time, as businesses grouse about a labor shortage even as job openings increase. “America’s labor shortage is approaching epidemic proportions,” reported CNBC, “and it could be employers who end up paying.” Well, yes. That’s how things are supposed to work: Businesses pay more to attract workers in a tighter, more competitive market for labor. The rhetoric coming out of the employer lobby would leave one to believe that workers are somehow the guilty party in this — they simply won’t accept jobs that pay them less than they’re worth… Los Angeles Times
Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Equality
July 10, 2018 | ECONOMY | […] While the scholars can’t pinpoint the precise mechanism at work, they speculate that unions have indirectly increased pay at firms nervous that their own employees might organize. Unions have also lobbied for higher minimum wages and pushed to hold down executive salaries. They have also advocated for broader access to health care, countering a key channel through which income inequality can harm all of society. Income inequality began its steep rise in the 1970s. Economists have been arguing about the origins of this trend since, with the primary explanations falling into two camps… New York Times
 
 
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