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RumboClick to download PDFLawrence's Mayor Rivera may appear in public to support #Fightfor15, but his actions with city employees make him out to be a hypocrite, so says Ike Gabriel, Business Agent for Firemen and Oilers Local 3, the union representing City of Lawrence workers.

“Yes, I believe that Mayor Rivera is a hypocrite because just a year ago he was supporting the $15 minimum wage per hour at one of our rallies yet his own employees are not above that,” Ike said. (via rumbanews.com)

Lawrence city workers represented by Local 3 have not had a contract for six years.

Just last week, on April 11, 2016, Senator Elizabeth Warren met with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to discuss issues of fair housing, rents, pre-school and the preservation of the middle class.

Senator Warren promised to "fight for Lawrence in Washington", according to Rumbo. If she only knew how the mayor treats his city workers!

“We have members of Local 3 not only at City Hall but at the airport, the cemetery, fire and police department,” he explained.  “Everyone around them receives raises but them.  It’s not fair!” (Ike Gabriel via Rumbo)

Read the full story here (English)(Spanish).

 

VIDEO: Hundreds of Union Plumbers Volunteer to Help Victims of Flint’s Lead-Poisoning Crisis

Feb. 1, 2016

"More than 400 licensed plumbers, many of them union-affiliated, from across Michigan and other states volunteered to visit about 800 homes in the city of Flint to make sure residents’ faucets can accommodate water filters being installed to mitigate the city’s ongoing lead-poisoning crisis."

Read more at Truthdig.com.

 

IWW Hat Card LOCFlickr | LOC | I.W.W. Hat Card | circa 1910

Public unions on the chopping block: How conservatives are still weaponizing free speech

A new attack on unions has reached the Court. Once again, the right's using "free speech" to attack organized labor

Elias Isquith | Salon

Earlier Monday, the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments for Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could quite possibly lead to the death of unionization in the public sector as we know it. And if the first impressions of those who were in attendance are anything to go by, one of American society’s last bulwarks against neoliberalism is very likely about to crumble.

Read more: Are Public Unions on the Chopping Block?
 

I-Team: Lawrence Workers Say Trash Pile Is Affecting Their Health
By Lauren Leamanczyk, WBZ-TV
September 11, 2015 8:56 PM

These piles here, they’re all street sweepings,” says Ike Gabriel. “You can see the grass growing. Who knows what’s in there, needles, human waste, probably weapons.”

According to Ike Gabriel, the union rep for the workers there, the conditions are so bad some wear face masks to help cut the smell. And many worry it’s affecting their health.

Read more of this story on the WBZ-TV site.

 

September 7, 2015

Labor enthusiastically turned out in full force to welcome President Barack Obama to Boston this Labor Day, September 7, 2015, for the Greater Boston Labor Council's annual Labor Day Breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel.

A full compliment of Massachusetts labor and political leaders warmed up the already passionate crowd with speeches praising the history and power of labor as the driving force in building America's middle class. And now it is the unions who have the power to work together to regain real wage growth, a first-ever national paid sick leave policy and national minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, better paid maternity leave - every benefit a full-time working family needs to raise a family and live a dignified life in America.

Read more: Happy Labor Day 2015!
 

The Tolpuddle Martyrs (9 min, audio)Tolpuddle Martyrs, BBC screencapClick to listen

Learn about the grueling farm labor conditions in the England of the 1830s that led to a group of brave but desperate workers forming the world's first trade union. (An MP3 download is available if the Flash-based player will not work in your browser.)

Many poignant stories exist that document the labor struggle. However, this story is a particularly moving tribute of courage and sacrifice.

 

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