|SPCLC Weekly Newsletter May 21st 2018|
Y’all, this is a really exciting time to be a union member in North Carolina! We are on the precipice of a great revival of worker power and it feels good! Take a deep breath and enjoy it! Let us continue to move the work with joy in our hearts, love in our words and the power of solidarity propelling our feet. -In solidarity, Ashley Hawkins
20,000 teachers protested in Raleigh for higher wages and better school funding last Wednesday. They flooded the streets of Raleigh in a unified voice calling for better school funding and a fair pay structure. Over 3,000 CMS teachers were a part of that crowd! CMS, Union County, Gaston County and other school systems closed for the day. Over 1,000 teachers and supporters rallied in downtown Charlotte! We showed the country that we can organize!
Thank you to the local unions of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council who answered the call to assist the Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators with the high cost of providing bus transportation from Charlotte to Raleigh!
IBEW 379 ($1000)
CWA 3603 ($500)
CWA 3611 ($500)
IAMAW 1725 ($400)
APWU 375 ($200)
Raising Wages Lobby Day is tomorrow Tuesday May 22nd. We have a fantastic delegation representing labor and community in Charlotte but it’s never too late to get on the bus or share on Social Media! RSVP using the link above, for questions contact Ashley at 704-773-9558.
Do you know someone who works at Wal-Mart? Do they ever tell you about pressure for production from their managers? Lack of training? Low wages? Constantly changing and inconsistent schedules? Working 32 hours one week and 8 the next? 63% of retail workers in North Carolina work at Wal-Marts and they deserve a solution to all these issues! If you have a friend or family member who works at Wal-Mart and let them know about OUR Wal-Mart (Organizing United for Respect at Wal-Mart), a group of Wal-Mart Associates organizing to create change in their stores! Put your fam in touch with Jhari Derr-Hill firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be part of the change!
Labor Day Parade Applications are attached! Don’t forget to register your local union, your Scout troop, your church choir, your motor club, your Congressperson or your high school band! All our welcome at the 19th Annual Labor Day Parade! Put on for Labor by Labor!
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Check out these articles on the labor movement building power across industrial alliances. Tennessee Unions Rally for Immigrant Rights, report in the Guardian and Payday Report on Construction Unions allying with teachers.
“We have never seen darker days for unions and for working people and for people of color and for women then we are experiencing at this time. [Yet] I have never been more confident.” Report on Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Association of Educators.
The June CLC meeting will be held Thursday, June 21st at the IBEW Hall. 1900 Cross Beam Drive, Charlotte NC. Executive board to meet at 6:00pm. Meeting at 7:00pm.
APRI will meet Saturday, June 23rd @ 12:00pm. 5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 230, Charlotte NC Don’t forget about the youth group that meets at 1:00pm!