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                                                      -Mother Jones

Thursday April 23, 1903
New York City, New York - Women Organize Local of Cap Makers Union

Early this year three young women walked into the office of the United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers Union and told Maurice Mikol, the national secretary-treasure, that they would like to be organized. They were told that they would need to organize at least twenty-five women from a number of factories in order to be given a charter. The three young women were Bessie Mannis, Rose Schneiderman, and another young woman, not named. Over the next few days, they approached the doors of the factories as the girls were leaving for the day, and spoke to them about joining the union. In no time at all they had signed up the necessary number and were awarded a charter as Local 23. Rose Scheiderman has been elected secretary.

SOURCE
All for One
-by Rose Schneiderman
    & Lucy Goldthwaite
NY, 1967

Wednesday April 23, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Jack Reed Released from Passaic County Jail

Jack Reed will not have to serve the full twenty days of his sentence for he was released today after serving only four days. It seems the millowners are deeply troubled by all the publicity that the jailing of "one lousy Harvard poet" has brought to the strike of the silk workers. The wall of silence which the press has imposed upon this strike is now broken. Even the New York newspapers are beginning to pick up the story.  Reed said this about his fellow prisoners:
When it came time for me to go out, I said goodbye to all those gentle, alert, brave men, ennobled by something greater than themselves...They crowded around me, patting my shoulder, my hand, friendly, warm-hearted, trusting, eloquent...
SOURCE
John Reed:
Witness to Revolution

-by Tamara Hovey
CA, 1975

Tuesday April 23, 2013
From Talking Union: America's Union Suppression Movement

This is an important two-part series by Leo Casey, the Executive Director of the Albert Shanker Institute and a former union Vice President of Teachers in New York City.

Unions loosing ground:

...Union membership has fallen from a high point of 1 in 3 American workers at the end of WW II to a shade over 1 in 9 today. At its height, American unions had unionized basic industries – auto, mining, steel, textiles, telecommunications – and had sufficient density to raise wages and improve working conditions for members and non-union workers as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for 2012, organized American labor has fallen to its lowest density in nearly a century. Today, American unions have high density in only one major sector of the economy, K-12 education, and in that sector unions are now under ferocious attack.
The true depth of the crisis revealed:
...At the end of WW II, public sector workers in the ranks of organized labor were a small fraction of their private sector counterparts. Today, that relationship is dramatically reversed: 4 in 11 American public sector workers belong to a union, while only 1 in 15 private sector workers are unionized. Public sector workers are organized at more than five times the rate of private sector workers. The explosive growth of public sector unions in the late 1960s and early 1970s took place just as private sector industrial unions were beginning to hemorrhage from a ‘race to the bottom’ fueled by technological change and a deeply flawed model of economic globalization dominated by corporate interests...
Now corporate attacks have shifted to public-sector unions, a last area of union strength:
To appreciate the full power of the forces now arrayed against American unions, consider that, at the height of the Wisconsin struggle, 9 of the 10 individuals on the Forbes list of the top ten richest Americans were actively financing part of the campaign against public sector unions. With U.S. income inequality at the highest levels since just before the Great Depression, it appears that the nation’s corporate elite are intent on delivering a coup de grâce to what remains of the American labor movement.
I strongly recommend this series to all union members, but especially to the teachers. Casey goes deep into the corporate anti-teacher agenda. The teachers are up against some powerful well financed forces. It is important for us to understand just who they are.

America’s Union Suppression Movement (And Its Apologists), Part One:
http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/...

America’s Union Suppression Movement (And Its Apologists), Part Two:
http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/...

The Albert Shanker Institute
http://www.shankerinstitute.org/...

"They go wild, simply wild over me!"

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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