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Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings
In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.
“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
“Too many voters are being disenfranchised in this country, and much of it is intentional,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “In too many states we have seen calculated efforts to lower voter registration, the deliberate spreading of misinformation, improper purging of voter rolls and more. What’s worse is that the Supreme Court failed to stand up for voting rights just months ago.”
March for Immigration Reform in Hermiston
A dozen union members showed up on a cloudy Sunday for the Lane County Labor Council and Oregon AFL-CIO's first joint canvass. With a lot of enthusiasm and good walking shoes, they visited working families in Springfield precincts, talking about John Kitzhaber and Pat Riggs-Henson with fellow union members. "It was important for us to be out there," said Tom Shackelford, ATU 757. "Union members need good information to counter all those TV attack ads - they need to know which candidates will really stand up for us." The next two canvasses are on Wednesday, October 13 and Saturday, October 16. Come help us get the word out to our members!
Have you watched the youtube video of Chris Dudley talking about his plan to lower Oregon's minimum wage??! Yes! This wealthy ex-basketball player, with his wealthy friends, believes that $8.50 an hour is too high!! Come out this Saturday morning, 11:30 am, 1653 Willamette in Eugene (the Eugene Veterans Memorial Building), and tell him that you disagree! He'll be appearing there, as will John Kitzhaber, at a forum sponsored by the League of Oregon Cities.
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