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Tuesday April 28, 1903
New York City - Men Hold All Leadership Positions within the ILGWU

Having been founded, for the most part, by Socialist, the men who lead the International Ladies Garment Workers Union seem to share the same view of women held by the more conservative AFL leaders: that women workers are preoccupied with getting married, are apathetic union members, and are unable to sustain a strong, united organization. They believe, therefore, that only men should hold leadership roles within the union. It remains to be seen how long the women of the ILGWU will accept this state affairs.

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

-by Philip s Foner
NY, 1979

Monday April 28, 1913
Denver, Colorado - I.W.W. Victorious in Denver Free Speech Fight

Denver authorities have given up the fight against the I.W.W. Rebel Soapboxers. They announced today that they have agreed to permit the I.W.W the freedom to speak in the streets without arrests or fines. The Denver Free Speech Fight has lasted less than two months, much shorter than most of the others. Hundreds have been arrested in that time, including Fellow Worker Frank Little who led a group of California Wobblies into Denver by freight car. The men have been arrested over and over again, heading back to the soapbox each time they were released. Looks to us like the City of Denver would rather listen to union organizing speeches than continue to provide Rebel Workers with free room and board.

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

-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1980

Sunday April 28, 2013
From Warehouse Workers United - Statement from Kalpona Akter on Factory Collapse

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of workers lost in this tragic event.

It must be said, these tragedies can be prevented by multinational corporations like Walmart and the Gap that operate in Bangladesh. Because of these companies’ negligence and willful ignorance, garment workers are in danger every day because of the unsafe working conditions.

As we learn more details, we will better understand the brands that were manufactured in these factories, but we already know that the largest retailers in the world hold tremendous power to transform conditions for garment workers – mostly young women – in Bangladesh.

Today’s news is yet another reminder that Walmart and the Gap must immediately adopt the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, a transparent and legally binding agreement that includes worker representation, independent building inspections, worker rights training, public disclosure and a long-overdue review of safety standards. The safety agreement is the first step toward ensuring no more lives are lost.

More from Warehouse Workers United:
Kalpona is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. She is a former garment worker and is currently in the United States calling on retailers like Walmart, the Gap and Disney to lead on improving working conditions and adopting fires safety standards in Bangladesh.

Today, international worker rights groups are calling for immediate action from international corporations and brands following the horrific news of a deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, in Dhaka Bangladesh. The collapse of the eight story building that housed five factories and a mall, has reportedly killed at least 80 people and injured over 800[*]. For the last month Kalpona has been touring the United States with Sumi Abedin, a young garment worker who jumped out of a third story window to save her life as the Tazreen factory burned killing on 112.

Warehouse Workers United

Corporate Action Network

"I have broken heart today...THIS IS ENOUGH, THIS IS ENOUGH..
how big will be the list the next time...?"

*As of this morning: death toll-372, injured-more than 1000, missing-up to 900. The owner of the building has been arrested.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sun Apr 28, 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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