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February 24, 2014

2014.02.24: FW: FORUM: How to Organize for Fair Retroactive Raises for City Workers – Thursday 3/6 @ 6pm

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 10:46 pm
From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:46 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FW: FORUM: How to Organize for Fair Retroactive Raises for City Workers – Thursday 3/6 @ 6pm

Very important forum happening next week on fighting for retro-active wages for city workers. The NYS Nurse’s Association  has (in collaboration w/ 1199) lead some dramatic, and so far successful, fights to stop the closing of LICH and Interfaith Hospitals.  MORE is the social justice caucus of the UFT, which has been fighting school closures and punitive high stakes testing, among other things.   In my opinion, these are some of the folks leading the way forward toward a more social conscious, democratic and stronger NYC labor movement. 

Folks can disagree with the demand for full retroactivity, but I think it’s unfair to call workers “greedy”for demanding fair compensation for years without raises.  Wall Street and NY’s booming real estate industry are the ones living off government bail outs and millions in tax breaks.   

Please forward far and wide & RSVP on FB.  Flyer Attached as PDF.
FORUM: 
Fair pay for city workers!
Join rank and file city employees for a discussion about how we can fight for the retroactive pay raises that municipal workers are owed.
6:00 PM
Thursday, March 6
NYSNA Offices 
131 w. 33rd St, 4th fl.
 
Speakers include: 

  • Jacqueline Gilbert, RN, New York Nurses Association
  • Marcus McArthur, Movement of Rank and File Educators, UFT*
  • Tony Lackhan, Local 1549*, DC37*

Over 1,000 city workers have signed a letter, published in the Chief-Leader newspaper, demanding that our unions prioritize retroactive pay.

Bring your coworkers and ideas about to organize to keep the pressure on the Municipal Labor Committee and other labor leaders!  There will be a full discussion about how to spread the word inour workplaces.

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NYC municipal workers have been working under worse conditions and for less pay than at any time since the recession of the 1970s. 

Still, each and every day, we keep the city running. The deadly Superstorm Sandy showed the world, once again, the heroism of our nurses, firefighters, sanitation, transit, and other city workers, who saved the stranded and worked tirelessly to get the city back on its feet.

New York City today is a tale of two cities.  If mayor-elect de Blasio genuinely wants to tackle income inequality, we urge him to start at the bargaining table with city workers.  

Fairness, and good economic sense, demand full retroactive pay raises and full cost of living adjustments for all New York City municipal workers.  

*Organization listed for identification purposes only.
Sponsored by NYSNA, MORE, ACS Coalition of Union Members, 99 Pickets

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February 21, 2014

Malcolm X resources, on anniversary of his assassination

Filed under: Civil Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 12:00 am
From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 12:43 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Malcolm X resources, on anniversary of his assassination

Malcolm

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) was assassinated in NYC on Feb. 21, 1965. Here are resources for teaching “outside the textbook” about Malcolm X:http://bit.ly/1gnimmh What other resources do you use and recommend for teaching about the life and legacy of Malcolm X? Photo: 06/30/1964-Omaha, NE: Malcolm X returned to his native Omaha for the first time to say that “in Omaha as in other places the Ku Klux Klan has just changed it’s bed sheets for policeman’s uniforms.” With Malcolm is the Rev. Rudolph McNair, Omaha leader of the Citizen’s Coordinating Committee for Civil Rights. (c) Corbis — with Ana Clara Arce and Rose Cannon.

 

February 20, 2014

2014.02.20: LOs Needed 2/26: Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis Rally

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:40 am
From: “Arafa, Noha”
Date: 02/20/2014 10:40 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: ALAA MEMBERS ,1199 Members <1199Members2@legal-aid.org>
Subject: LOs Needed 2/26: Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis Rally
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is holding a rally and march this Wednesday in honor of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Wednesday marks the 2nd year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder by George Zimmerman.  The rally will start at 5pm at Union Sq. and then there will be a march to Times Sq.  The organizers are in need of Legal Observers.  Please email me directly if you’d like to volunteer, as I am organizing the Legal Observers.  I will send you more details.  You do not need to be a lawyer to be a LO. Hope you all are well and enjoying this sun. 
 
Peace,
Noha

 

February 19, 2014

2014.02.19: Social Justice Petitions for Egypt & Palestine

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Subject: Social Justice Petitions for Egypt & Palestine
To: 1199 Members, ALAA MEMBERS

Egyptian army forces confront a protest in Cairo (Mosa'ab Elshami)

Defend democratic rights in Egypt
WE, THE undersigned, condemn the Egyptian government’s arrest, detention and torture of activists exercising their right to legally and peacefully protest. Human rights groups, journalists’ associations, and other organizations have documented abuses by Egypt’s police and security forces, including the use of excessive force, mass arrests, and the torture and killing of those who dissent.

Full text, and to Sign





Jews of Conscience Salute the ASA Boycott of Apartheid Israel
We salute the
American Studies Association’s courageous endorsement of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli academic institutions, which are leading accomplices in more than six decades of ethnic cleansing, colonization, war crimes, and apartheid. As Jews, we refuse to remain silent as a so-called “Jewish state,” armed by the U.S. and its allies, commits these injustices with impunity in our name.

Full text, and to Sign

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2014.02.19: Social Justice Petitions for Egypt & Palestine

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:06 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Social Justice Petitions for Egypt & Palestine

Egypt

Defend democratic rights in Egypt
WE, THE undersigned, condemn the Egyptian government’s arrest, detention and torture of activists exercising their right to legally and peacefully protest. Human rights groups, journalists’ associations, and other organizations have documented abuses by Egypt’s police and security forces, including the use of excessive force, mass arrests, and the torture and killing of those who dissent.

Full text, and to Sign
JFPROR
Jews of Conscience Salute the ASA Boycott of Apartheid Israel
We salute the American Studies Association’s courageous endorsement of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli academic institutions, which are leading accomplices in more than six decades of ethnic cleansing, colonization, war crimes, and apartheid. As Jews, we refuse to remain silent as a so-called “Jewish state,” armed by the U.S. and its allies, commits these injustices with impunity in our name.

Full text, and to Sign

February 18, 2014

2014.02.18: de Blasio settles first city worker contract

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 10:12 am
From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:12 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: de Blasio settles first city worker contract
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-de-blasio-administration-cuts-labor-contract-environmental-officers-article-1.1616711 
 The first of the 150 contracts the city has to negotiate was agreed to, with a small bargaining unit of environmental officers.    They agreed to retro averaging $50K each (unlike other unions, these workers went without a contract for 9 years.)   Our unions should be pushing for some sort of agreement for Legal Aid employees as well (and any other agency that didn’t get any COLA over that last part of the Bloomberg Administration).  
Also here’s a petition started by some city workers calling on the Municipal Labor Committee to pushfor full retro for city workers. I believe this petition is going to the be published soon in the Chief, but they could always use a last minute round of signatures:     

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