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Saturday June 13, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Millionaire Methodists go scabbing on the strikers at Kinsley's.

From the The Inter Ocean:

Millionair Methodists threw aside their religious and financial dignity [Tuesday evening] and in the place of strikers waited on their brethren of the church at a banquet in Kinsley's restaurant. Side by side with men of wealth were men of the cloth, swinging trays and dishes with dexterity of old servitors...

It was, as one member put it, a practical exemplification of the Methodist motto, "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver," and, "God helps them who help themselves."

We hope they had as much fun washing up the dishes!

The Inter Ocean
 Chicago, Illinois
 -of June 12, 1903

Friday June 13, 1913
West Virginia - Governor Hatfield refuses Senators access to Military Documents

In a letter to the Senate Investigating Committee, Governor Hatfield stated his refusal to allow the committee access to the records of the trials before the Military Tribunal. The Governor maintains that the findings of that court have never been approved, that the prisoners have been released, and that the records could be needed in the future should authorities decide to seek indictments in the civil courts.

The Senators left Charleston yesterday and made their way to a miners' camp in the Paint Creek District. They returned to Charleston at about 9 PM. The Chairman of the Sub-committee, Senator Swanson, made this statement about the trip:

Today's trip was valuable because it gave us a bird's-eye view of the situation and enabled us to fix the geographical outline of the country in our minds. It will greatly facilitate the examination of the witnesses.
Senate Sub-committee of the Committee on Education and Labor to Investigate Conditions in the Paint Creek Distric of West Virginia. From the left: SENATORS MARTINE OF NEW JERSEY; SHIELDS OF TENNESSEE; SWANSON OF VIRGINIA; BORAH OF IDAHO; KENYON OF IOWA
The New York Times
-of June 13, 1913

Thursday June 13, 2013
From The Nation:  For Minneapolis Janitors, ¡Ya Basta!

The chemicals Maricela Flores uses to clean a Minnesota Target store’s floors are powerful enough to cut through her skin. Yet Flores says the contract cleaning company she works for, Carlson Building Maintenance, failed to give her protective gloves until after she participated in a February strike organized by the local labor group Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha.

Carlson, which did not answer requests for comment, fired Flores soon after the strike. Although management never said so, rumors at work indicated the action was likely retaliation for her involvement with CTUL. With the group’s help, Flores returned to her job. The brush with unemployment would not be enough to quell her fight.

Now Flores is striking again, this time demanding that her employer and other contractors stop retaliating against store cleaners for organizing with CTUL.

CTUL launched a forty-eight-hour strike Monday, calling on subcontractors to clear the way for Minneapolis and St. Paul retail janitors to form a union. The strikers work for Carlson Building Maintenance, Diversified Maintenance, Prestige Maintenance USA and Eurest Services, which are contracted to clean Target, Kohl’s, Kmart, Home Depot and Sears stores.

Read full article here:

For more on alternative labor organizations:

Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning

Victor Jara- Cuando Voy al Trabajo


Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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