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Sunday April 26, 1903
New York City, New York - Women of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union

In the past few days we've seen how the women cap makers have been organizing in New York City. Now we will turn our attention to the ILGWU. First, a short history. On June 3, 1900 delegates representing five cities met in convention in New York City for the purpose of organizing all workers engaged in the manufacture of ladies' garments. National officers were elected, and on June 23rd the AFL issued a charter to the newly formed union-the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.  Within this new union, women workers control shirtwaist and underwear manufacturing. Thus, the women cannot be completely ignored by the male leadership of the union.

Women and the American Labor Movement
From Colonial Times to the Eve of World War I

-by Philip s Foner
NY, 1979

Saturday April 26, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Jack Reed Planning Strikers' Pageant

Since his release from the Passaic County Jail, Jack Reed has reportedly quit his job at the American Magazine and is now seen frequently in Paterson. He often addresses the strikers and leads them in singing. There are reports that a Strikers' Pageant is being planned, and that 200 strikers have been selected to march the 23 miles to Madison Square Garden . They will perform there, recreating the strike for a New York audience. Reed is said to be actively engaged in this venture, using his New York contacts to help with preparations. The script will be written by the strikers with Reed's assistance

History of the Labor Movement in the United States
The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917

-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1980

Friday April 26, 2013
Email from Warehouse Workers United: Urgent Action Needed for Fired Fellow Worker

Javier Rodriguez, a courageous fighter for justice, needs our help!

Javier with his family.
One month ago my son Alex was born. Yesterday I was fired from my job as a forklift driver at a warehouse where we move 100 percent Walmart merchandise.

I am outspoken. I defend my coworkers. I alert management to broken and unsafe equipment. I teach my coworkers about their rights, like what minimum wage is and what they should do when they are injured on the job.

Please sign my petition to Walmart to help me get my job back. We will deliver the petition this Monday so please sign right away.

I have been a target of management for awhile. They watch everything I do, but it’s not my nature to be silent or scared. I know when I am right. Last year I went on strike to protest the retaliation my coworkers experienced when they spoke to the media and the public about the dirty water (if we had any water at all) that we were given to drink, the brakeless forklifts and the extreme temperatures inside the warehouse.

I went on strike twice and I marched 50-miles from the warehouses to Downtown Los Angeles on our pilgrimage for safe jobs. I have spoken to the media about the secrets behind the warehousing industry and I even crashed a meeting where one of Walmart’s vice presidents, Rajan Kamalanathan, was speaking about Walmart’s commitment to “ethical sourcing.”

What a joke.  

Walmart is committed to one thing, looking the other way when workers in its supply chain are abused. Just look at the factory collapse in Bangladesh this week or the fire that killed 112 late last year. Just look at the conditions inside the warehouses in Southern California.

Join me to tell Walmart to hold its contractors accountable, starting with forcing the warehouse operator – NFI – to give me my job back. Walmart could lead on improving the quality of warehouse jobs. That would transform the lives of thousands of families including mine.

Thank you for your support,

Javier Rodriguez
Warehouse Worker
Southern California

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We're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about.

Tabby gets the cream!

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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

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