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  • Title: AFSCME | Jeanette D. Wynn – Tallahassee, Florida
    Descriptive info: Print.. Font Size:.. International Vice Presidents.. Jeanette D.. Wynn – Tallahassee, Florida.. Wynn – Tallahassee, Florida.. President of.. Florida Council 79.. A state hospital technician and rehabilitation specialist since 1970 and a union activist since 1973.. Service on many state boards and committees involving the workplace, benefits, and government reform.. Active in political and community affairs.. More Our Union..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Gary Tavormina, Retiree Council Representative to the International Executive Board – Albany, New York
    Descriptive info: Gary Tavormina, Retiree Council Representative to the International Executive Board – Albany, New York.. Gary Tavormina, Retiree Council Representative to the International Executive Board – Albany, New York.. President of AFSCME New York Retiree Chapter 82/Retired New York State Law Enforcement Officers, Tavormina was elected chairman of the national AFSCME Retirees Council in 2012 and is currently serving as the Retirees Council representative to the International Executive Board.. Tavormina is a 55-year member of AFSCME and, for many years, served as the president of his Local 1041.. He  ...   in 1990 as a permanent lieutenant at the Groveland Correctional Facility.. He likes to say that he spent 33 years behind bars.. As president of Retiree Chapter 82 since 1991, Tavormina led numerous drives to increase retiree membership and to build a subchapter network statewide (along with two Florida subchapters).. Before assuming the chairmanship of the national Retirees Council, Tavormina held the office of vice-chair.. In addition, Tavormina served for more than 50 years as a volunteer with Woodbourne Fire Company No.. 1 of Sullivan County, N.. Y..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME: 75 Years of History
    Descriptive info: AFSCME: 75 Years of History.. AFSCME: 75 Years of History.. Fighting for Working Families.. A Short History of AFSCME.. Learn more on AFSCME s 75th Anniversary website.. The history of AFSCME began in 1932, as the country suffered through a severe economic depression, when a small group of white-collar professional state employees met in Madison, Wisconsin, and formed what would later become Wisconsin State Employees Union/Council 24.. The reason for the group s creation was simple: to promote, defend and enhance the civil service system.. They also were determined to help spread the civil service system across the country.. State employees feared that politicians would implement a political patronage or spoils system and thousands of workers would lose their jobs.. Meetings were held, marches and demonstrations were organized, and the Wisconsin State Employers Association saved the civil service system in Wisconsin.. By the 1930s, such organizations existed in major cities and states around the country, saving the civil service system nationwide.. In 1936, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) granted a charter for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).. And Arnold Zander was chosen as AFSCME s first International President.. Growth did not come easily at first.. The union s primary tactic was lobbying to pass or strengthen civil service laws.. At the end of 1936, AFSCME had 10,000 members.. Ten years later membership was up to 73,000.. In the 1950s, the viewpoint and composition of AFSCME began to change.. Many of the union s new members were blue-collar workers and came from big cities that had strong trade union roots and traditions.. The 1955 merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) brought in 40,000 members and a strong commitment to collective bargaining as the means to improve working conditions.. In 1958, a series of strikes and demonstrations forced the mayor of New York City to grant collective bargaining rights to unions representing city employees.. A turning point had been reached.. The desire for collective bargaining became AFSCME s driving force.. In New York City, under the leadership of Jerry Wurf, AFSCME began winning elections that made it the strongest public worker union in the city.. At the 1964 AFSCME International Convention, Wurf running on a platform of more aggressive organizing, pursuit of collective bargaining rights for public employees, and union reform/union democracy was elected the second International President.. A year later, a special convention re-wrote AFSCME s International Constitution and included a Bill of Rights for members, a first in the American labor movement.. During the 60s, AFSCME s struggles were linked with those of the civil rights movement.. Progressive unions like AFSCME joined students and civil rights activists as they took to the streets to protest economic and racial oppression.. This alliance culminated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968 when sanitation workers struck for union recognition after two African-American workers were crushed to death in a garbage truck.. Dr.. Martin Luther King Jr.. ,  ...   led the march.. That same year in San Jose, California, AFSCME Local 101 staged the first strike in the nation s history over the issue of pay equity.. The action attracted national media attention and helped spark the pay equity movement.. AFSCME affiliates in 10 states soon followed with pay equity actions of their own including lawsuits, legislation and bargaining demands.. In 1981, Gerald W.. McEntee, leader of the successful drive to organize 80,000 Pennsylvania state employees (now Council 13), became the union s third International President.. He succeeded Jerry Wurf who died in office.. William Lucy founder of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists continued in his role as International Secretary-Treasurer.. Their vision of AFSCME as the union of all public service workers public or private helped propel the union s political and organizing agenda for the decades that followed.. During the 1980s, AFSCME won collective bargaining rights and organized workers in Alaska, Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio.. In 1989, the affiliation of the health care union National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees: NUHHCE/AFSCME Local 1199 helped solidify AFSCME as a leading voice in the fight for the rights of health care workers.. With state legislatures increasingly in the hands of the right wing, it became more difficult to expand collective bargaining rights in the 1990s.. Governments at every level sought to cut costs by contracting out public service jobs and attacking the hard-won benefits and wages of union members.. AFSCME responded by mobilizing its membership to a historic level, increasing its visibility and political influence.. In 1995, AFSCME helped lead the change in the leadership and direction of the national AFL-CIO.. At its national convention in 1998, AFSCME s members committed to an even bolder and more aggressive program of political action and organizing the unorganized.. Since 1998, 320,000 public service workers in a dozen states and Puerto Rico have joined AFSCME.. They include private-sector food service workers, child care workers, health care workers and public-sector corrections officers, university employees, and social workers of every race and religious background, and speaking several languages.. United with their union brothers and sisters in their desire for fairness, economic justice and a voice on the job, they represent the face of AFSCME today.. With the turn of the new century, we find America at a crossroads.. A battle for the country s soul, over its basic values, places us on the front lines.. Privatizers, deregulators, tax-cutters, people who want to turn back the clock on racial justice and women s equality, and selfish people at the helm of corporations all seek to undermine and malign every area of public service, and to disarm our union.. The stakes are high, and only a progressive organization like AFSCME built by the sacrifices and risk-taking of public service workers for more than 70 years, and reinforced by the energies of committed organizers and new members joining our ranks is up to the task..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME and Dr. King
    Descriptive info: AFSCME and Dr.. King.. King.. Photo Credit: Richard L.. Copley.. On April 3, 1968, Dr.. traveled to Memphis to support AFSCME sanitation workers.. That evening, he delivered his famous.. I ve Been to the Mountaintop speech.. to a packed room of supporters.. The next day, he was assassinated.. Read the full Mountaintop speech.. Remembering.. In Memphis: A Special Report from the Southern Regional Council.. 1968 AFSCME Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Chronology.. Martin Luther King, Jr.. on Labor.. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr.. Union Members Help Swell Freedom Marchers’ Ranks (September 1963).. Memphis Strikers Stand Firm (March 1968).. Featured.. 4.. NBC Nightly News: Remembering  ...   workers who were on strike due to dangerous working conditions,.. CNN: Sanitation Workers Fight for Jobs.. Lee Saunders talks with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux 45 years after Dr.. died working to help striking sanitation workers in Memphis.. 1968-2013: The Struggle Continues.. In 1968 sanitation workers made history in Memphis, Tennessee.. Over a thousand workers went on strike to protest unfair wages, discrimination, and unsafe working conditions that took the lives of.. Workers Dr.. King Fought For Say Challenges Still Lie Ahead.. Coverage from CBS affiliate WREG in Memphis about the commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of Dr.. 's work and the 1968 sanitation workers' strike.. More Video..

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  • Title: AFSCME | “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Descriptive info: speaking at Mason Temple, Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968.. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 the day before he was assassinated.. License to reproduce this speech granted by Intellectual Properties Management, 1579-F Monroe Drive, Suite 235, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, as manager for the King Estate.. Write to IPM re: copyright permission for use of words and images of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Thank you very kindly, my friends.. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy in his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about.. It's always good to have your closest friend and associate say something good about you.. And Ralph is the best friend that I have in the world.. I'm delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning.. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow.. Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world.. As you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of general and panoramic view of the whole human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" I would take my mental flight by Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land.. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn't stop there.. I would move on by Greece, and take my mind to Mount Olympus.. And I would see Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides and Aristophanes assembled around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality.. But I wouldn't stop there.. I would go on, even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire.. And I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders.. I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance, and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and esthetic life of man.. I would even go by the way that the man for whom I'm named had his habitat.. And I would watch Martin Luther as he tacked his ninety-five theses on the door at the church in Wittenberg.. I would come on up even to 1863, and watch a vacillating president by the name of Abraham Lincoln finally come to the conclusion that he had to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.. I would even come up to the early thirties, and see a man grappling with the problems of the bankruptcy of his nation.. And come with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.. Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy.. " Now that's a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up.. The nation is sick.. Trouble is in the land.. Confusion all around.. That's a strange statement.. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a away that men, in some strange way, are responding something is happening in our world.. The masses of people are rising up.. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee the cry is always the same "We want to be free.. ".. And another reason that I'm happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we're going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demand didn't force them to do it.. Survival demands that we grapple with them.. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace.. But now, no longer can they just talk about it.. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence.. That is where we are today.. And also in the human rights revolution, if something isn't done, and in a hurry, to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed.. Now, I'm just happy that God has allowed me to live in this period, to see what is unfolding.. And I'm happy that He's allowed me to be in Memphis.. I can remember, I can remember when Negroes were just going around as Ralph has said, so often, scratching where they didn't itch, and laughing when they were not tickled.. But that day is all over.. We mean business now, and we are determined to gain our rightful place in God's world.. And that's all this whole thing is about.. We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody.. We are saying that we are determined to be men.. We are determined to be people.. We are saying that we are God's children.. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live.. Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we've got to stay together.. We've got to stay together and maintain unity.. You know, whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it.. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves.. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh's court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery.. When the slaves get together, that's the beginning of getting out of slavery.. Now let us maintain unity.. Secondly, let us keep the issues where they are.. The issue is injustice.. The issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers.. Now, we've got to keep attention on that.. That's always the problem with a little violence.. You know what happened the other day, and the press dealt only with the window-breaking.. I read the articles.. They very seldom got around to mentioning the fact that one thousand, three hundred sanitation workers were on strike, and that Memphis is not being fair to them, and that Mayor Loeb is in dire need of a doctor.. They didn't get around to that.. Now we're going to march again, and we've got to march again, in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be.. And force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God's children here suffering, sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out.. That's the issue.. And we've got to say to the nation: we know it's coming out.. For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.. We aren't going to let any mace stop us.. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do, I've seen them so often.. I remember in Birmingham, Alabama, when we were in that majestic struggle there we would move out of the 16th Street Baptist Church day after day; by the hundreds we would move out.. And Bull Connor would tell them to send the dogs forth and they did come; but we just went before the dogs singing, "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round.. " Bull Connor next would say, "Turn the fire hoses on.. " And as I said to you the other night, Bull Connor didn't know history.. He knew a kind of physics that somehow didn't relate to the transphysics that we knew about.. And that was the fact that there was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.. And we went before the fire hoses; we had known water.. If we were Baptist or some other denomination, we had been immersed.. If we were Methodist, and some others, we had been sprinkled, but we knew water.. That couldn't stop us.. And we just went on before the dogs and we would look at them; and we'd go on before the water hoses and we would look at it, and we'd just go on singing "Over my head I see freedom in the air.. " And then we would be thrown in the paddy wagons, and sometimes we were stacked in there like sardines in a can.. And they would throw us in, and old Bull would say, "Take them off," and they did; and we would  ...   by on the other side.. They didn't stop to help him.. And finally a man of another race came by.. He got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy.. But with him, administering first aid, and helped the man in need.. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the "I" into the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother.. Now you know, we use our imagination a great deal to try to determine why the priest and the Levite didn't stop.. At times we say they were busy going to church meetings an ecclesiastical gathering and they had to get on down to Jerusalem so they wouldn't be late for their meeting.. At other times we would speculate that there was a religious law that "One who was engaged in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours before the ceremony.. " And every now and then we begin to wonder whether maybe they were not going down to Jerusalem, or down to Jericho, rather to organize a "Jericho Road Improvement Association.. " That's a possibility.. Maybe they felt that it was better to deal with the problem from the causal root, rather than to get bogged down with an individual effort.. But I'm going to tell you what my imagination tells me.. It's possible that these men were afraid.. You see, the Jericho road is a dangerous road.. I remember when Mrs.. King and I were first in Jerusalem.. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho.. And as soon as we got on that road, I said to my wife, "I can see why Jesus used this as a setting for his parable.. " It's a winding, meandering road.. It's really conducive for ambushing.. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles, or rather 1200 feet above sea level.. And by the time you get down to Jericho, fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about 2200 feet below sea level.. That's a dangerous road.. In the days of Jesus it came to be known as the "Bloody Pass.. " And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around.. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking.. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure.. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan came by.. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?".. That's the question before you tonight.. Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?" The question is not, "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?" "If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?" That's the question.. Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness.. Let us stand with a greater determination.. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be.. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.. You know, several years ago, I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written.. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented black woman came up.. The only question I heard from her was, "Are you Martin Luther King?".. And I was looking down writing, and I said yes.. And the next minute I felt something beating on my chest.. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman.. I was rushed to Harlem Hospital.. It was a dark Saturday afternoon.. And that blade had gone through, and the X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery.. And once that's punctured, you drown in your own blood that's the end of you.. It came out in the New York Times the next morning, that if I had sneezed, I would have died.. Well, about four days later, they allowed me, after the operation, after my chest had been opened, and the blade had been taken out, to move around in the wheel chair in the hospital.. They allowed me to read some of the mail that came in, and from all over the states, and the world, kind letters came in.. I read a few, but one of them I will never forget.. I had received one from the President and the Vice-President.. I've forgotten what those telegrams said.. I'd received a visit and a letter from the Governor of New York, but I've forgotten what the letter said.. But there was another letter that came from a little girl, a young girl who was a student at the White Plains High School.. And I looked at that letter, and I'll never forget it.. It said simply, "Dear Dr.. King: I am a ninth-grade student at the White Plains High School.. " She said, "While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I am a white girl.. I read in the paper of your misfortune, and of your suffering.. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died.. And I'm simply writing you to say that I'm so happy that you didn't sneeze.. And I want to say tonight, I want to say that I am happy that I didn't sneeze.. Because if I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters.. And I knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best in the American dream.. And taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been around in 1962, when Negroes in Albany, Georgia, decided to straighten their backs up.. And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent.. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama, aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill.. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had.. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been down in Selma, Alabama, been in Memphis to see the community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering.. I'm so happy that I didn't sneeze.. And they were telling me, now it doesn't matter now.. It really doesn't matter what happens now.. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us, the pilot said over the public address system, "We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr.. Martin Luther King on the plane.. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with the plane, we had to check out everything carefully.. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night.. And then I got to Memphis.. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out.. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?.. Well, I don't know what will happen now.. We've got some difficult days ahead.. But it doesn't matter with me now.. Because I've been to the mountaintop.. And I don't mind.. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life.. Longevity has its place.. But I'm not concerned about that now.. I just want to do God's will.. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain.. And I've looked over.. And I've seen the promised land.. I may not get there with you.. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.. And I'm happy, tonight.. I'm not worried about anything.. I'm not fearing any man.. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.. 2013 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL–CIO..

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  • Title: AFSCME | In Memphis: A Special Report from the Southern Regional Council
    Descriptive info: In Memphis: A Special Report from the Southern Regional Council.. This special report is reproduced courtesy of the.. Southern Regional Council.. Originally published in March 1968.. In Memphis: More than a Garbage Strike.. In Memphis: Tragedy Unaverted.. In Memphis: Mirror to America?..

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  • Title: AFSCME | 1968 AFSCME Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Chronology
    Descriptive info: 1968 AFSCME Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Chronology.. Monday, Jan 1.. - Henry Loeb is sworn into office as mayor.. Sunday, Jan.. 31.. - Rain sends sewer workers home.. Tuesday, Feb.. - Two sanitation workers are killed in an accident on a city truck.. Monday, Feb.. 12.. - Memphis sanitation and public employees strike after last-minute attempts to resolve grievances fail.. Newspapers claim 200 workers of 1,300 remain on the job but only 38 of 180 trucks move.. Mayor Loeb says strike is illegal but says "this office stands ready.. to talk to anyone about his legitimate questions at any time.. 13.. - An International Union official flies in from Washington to meet with the mayor.. He calls for union recognition, dues checkoff and negotiations to resolve the workers' grievances.. The Mayor says he'll hire new workers unless the strikers return to their jobs.. Wednesday, Feb.. 14.. - The Mayor delivers a back-to-work ultimatum for 7 a.. m.. Feb.. 15.. Police escort the few garbage trucks in operation.. Negotiations between the city and the union break off.. Newspapers say more than 10,000 tons of garbage is piled up.. Friday, Feb.. 16.. - Union leaders urge the city council to intervene.. The council supports the Mayor.. Memphis NAACP members endorse the strike.. Sunday, Feb.. 18.. - AFSCME International President Jerry Wurf arrives and says the strike can end only when the workers' demands are met.. The Ministerial Association arranges a meeting between the Mayor and union leaders moderated by a Memphis rabbi.. It goes until 5 a.. 19.. - NAACP and others stage all-night vigil and picketing at city hall.. 20.. - The union and the NAACP call for a citywide boycott of downtown merchants.. Thursday, Feb.. 22.. - City Council sub-committee headed by Councilman Fred Davis urges that the city recognize the union, in rowdy meeting with council chambers packed by more than 1,000 strikers and supporters.. Meeting adjourns without action.. 23.. - The Council refuses to recognize the union.. Police attack strikers during a march on Main Street, using mace.. Saturday, Feb.. 24.. - Black leaders and ministers form citywide organization to support the strike and the boycott.. City obtains court injunction to keep union from staging demonstrations or picketing.. 25.. - Ministers call on their congregations to boycott and march.. 26.. - Daily marches begin, amid rumors that a compromise has been received by the Mayor.. 27.. - The Mayor backs down on the compromise.. Hundreds demonstrate at city hall.. Courts cite 23 union members for contempt of court.. 29.. - Mayor Loeb sends each striker a letter inviting him back to work without union recognition.. Two strike leaders arrested for jaywalking.. Union files suit in federal court.. Friday, March 1.. - Mayor meets with black ministers..  ...   says entire city should vote on dues checkoff questions in August.. Union says no.. Monday, March 18.. - Newspapers claim strike is failing as scabs operate 90 garbage trucks.. But 17,000 Memphians attend rally where Dr.. King calls for a citywide march on March 22.. Wednesday, March 20.. - Mayor restates his opposition to union demands.. Friday, March 22.. - Record snowstorm blocks Dr.. King's return.. March is cancelled.. City and union agree to mediation.. Round-the-clock meetings begin.. Wednesday, March 27.. - SCLC Leader Ralph David Abernathy addresses rally in support of strikers.. Mediation talks collapse.. Thursday, March 28.. - March from Clayborn Temple, led by Dr.. King, is interrupted by window breaking.. Police move into crowds with nightsticks, mace, tear gas and gunfire.. A 16-year old boy, Larry Payne, is shot to death.. Police arrest 280, report about 60 injured, mostly blacks.. State legislature authorizes 7 p.. curfew and 4,000 National Guardsmen move in.. Friday, March 29.. - Some 300 sanitation workers and ministers, march peacefully and silently from Clayborn Temple to City Hall escorted by five armored personnel carriers, five jeeps, three hugh military trucks and dozens of Guardsmen with bayonets fixed.. President Johnson and AFL-CIO President George Meany offer assistance in resolving the dispute.. Mayor Loeb turns them down.. Sunday, March 31.. - Ministers urge restraint.. King cancels trip to Africa and plans return to Memphis to lead peaceful march.. Attempts to renew mediation of strike fail.. Monday, April 1.. - Curfew is lifted.. Tuesday, April 2.. - Hundreds attend funeral for Larry Payne.. National Guard withdrawn.. Wednesday, April 3.. - Dr.. King returns to Memphis and addresses rally, delivering his "I've been to the Mountaintop" address.. Thursday, April 4.. - A sniper, later captured and identified as James Earl Ray, assassinates Dr.. King as he stands on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Hotel.. Friday, April 5.. - Federal troops and Atty.. Gen.. Ramsey Clark are in Memphis as FBI begins international manhunt for assassin.. President Johnson instructs Undersecretary of Labor James Reynolds to take charge of mediation to settle the strike.. Saturday, April 6.. - Reynolds meets with Mayor Loeb in the first of a long string of meetings-first with one side, then the other, rarely together.. Monday, April 8.. - Mrs.. King and dozens of national figures lead a peaceful memorial march through downtown in tribute to Dr.. King and in support of the strike.. Tuesday, April 9.. - Funeral services are held in Atlanta for Dr.. Wednesday, April 10.. - Reynolds steps up meetings with city and union officials, most without publicity.. Tuesday, April 16.. - AFSCME leaders announce that agreement has been reached.. The strikers vote to accept it.. The strike is over.. Source: AFSCME Local 1733 pamphlet..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Union Members Help Swell Freedom Marchers’ Ranks (September 1963)
    Descriptive info: Union Members Help Swell Freedom Marchers’ Ranks (September 1963).. 50,000 Unionists Present.. Public Employee.. , September 1963.. These AFSCME members were among those who visited international headquarters before joining the March for Jobs and Freedom.. New York City Council 37 dispatched a special train to the march, bearing an estimated 2500 members.. WASHINGTON It was as impressive a civil rights demonstration as has ever taken place in the Nation s Capital or anywhere else.. Up to 50,000 trade unionists, from all across the country, participated.. AFSCME was among the more than 30 international unions and numerous locals whose signs and banners stood out prominently in the massive but orderly turnout of more than 200,000 Negro and white citizens.. It was a March for Jobs and Freedom as the thousands came to Washington to petition the government to pass the President s civil rights bill and to take other action which, as many signs said, would mean Freedom Now.. Director of the March was A.. Philip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and vice president of the AFL-CIO.. UAW President Walter P.. Reuther, also an AFL-CIO vice president, was one of the 10 March leaders.. It was early morning on a brilliant, sunlit day when the first marchers arrived on the Washington Monument grounds.. Their numbers grew rapidly.. They were well dressed Negroes, whites, Protestants, Catholics, Jews each with a mission.. The March from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial started promptly at 11:30 a.. It moved in two lines: one down Constitution Avenue and the other down Independence Avenue.. Among the signs of the Negro organizations and the church and civic groups were trade union signs and unionists marching:.. Auto Workers, Meat Cutters, Central Labor bodies, Clothing Workers, Laundry Workers, Teachers, Sleeping Car Porters, Building Service Employees, Packinghouse Workers, IUE, IBEW, ILGWU, Post Office Clerks, Teamsters, Newspaper Guild, Hotel Restaurant Employees, Government Employees, Retail Wholesale Workers, State, County Municipal Employees, Retail Clerks, Jewelry Workers, Machinists, Painters, Oil, Chemical Atomic Workers, Seafarers, Maritime Workers, Steelworkers, Granite Cutters, Rubber Workers, Furniture Workers, Textile and Transport Workers.. Leaders  ...   We are the advance guard of a massive moral revolution for jobs and freedom.. He pointed out that the opponents of civil rights legislation were usually against social legislation, saying:.. Look for the enemies of medicare, of higher minimum wage, of social security, of Federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro: the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate Congress.. Reuther told the demonstrators that if we fail, the vacuum created by our failure will be filled with the Apostles of Hatred who will search for answers in the dark of night and reason will yield to riot and the spirit of brotherhood will yield to bitterness and bloodshed and the fabric of our free society will be torn asunder.. He said the struggle for civil rights is not a struggle of the Negro but a struggle for all Americans.. We want freedom, not at some distant date, but freedom now.. Leaders of the three major religious faiths spoke, as did heads of Negro organizations.. James Farmer, former AFSCME organizer, and now national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, was absent.. Along with 231 freedom fighters he was in jail in Donaldsonville, La.. Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, declared that we expect the passage of an effective bill.. If those who support the bill will fight, as hard and as skillfully for it as the Southern opposition fights against it, victory will be ours.. Martin Luther King asked that the marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust for all white peo-ple, for many of our white brothers have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.. We cannot walk alone.. The marchers endorsed a ten-point program, most of which has long been urged by organized labor.. It includes demands for fair employment practices legislation, fair housing, the right to vote, full school desegregation, massive program for training of unemployed workers and a broadened Fair Labor Standards Act..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Memphis Strikers Stand Firm (March 1968)
    Descriptive info: Memphis Strikers Stand Firm (March 1968).. Union Recognition Still Remains as Principal Issue.. , March 1968.. MEMPHIS, TENN.. Standing firm in their fight for union recognition, dues deduction, a meaningful grievance procedure and wage improvements, the 1,300 members of SCME Local 1733 entered their seventh week of the public works strike here as The Public Employee went to press.. While the city has stubbornly refused to recognize the union, grant dues deductions, set up grievance machinery, and meet other demands of the workers, the strike has accomplished a remarkable coalescing of the Negro community.. The pent-up frustrations of the community have been brought dramatically to the surface, with the strike serving as a catalyst to unify the city's 200,000 Negroes, who represent 36 percent of the population of this mid-South city.. Photo Caption: J.. P.. Ciampa, AFSCME International Field Staff Director,.. maced while supporting striking sanitation workers.. International President Jerry Wurf has been here much of the time, leading the fight for union recognition.. Wurf, J.. Ciampa, International field staff director; Local 1733 President T.. O.. Jones, William Lucy, associate director of legislative and community affairs; Joseph Paisley and Jesse Epps, International representatives, and Newman Jones, a local 1733 steward, were judged in contempt of court on the grounds they violated an injunction ordering the workers to return to their jobs.. The city's case against Wurf was largely based on the fact that the International President had addressed the Memphis City Council asking  ...   Institute.. The rally was attended by more than 15,000 persons.. This was followed by another mammoth rally addressed by Dr.. Martin Luther King.. King was so impressed by the unity of the strikers and the community that he planned to return to Memphis March 22 to lead a march on City Hall.. Early on March 22, the worst snowstorm in the history of Memphis hit and closed down the city.. King was unable to reach the city and the march was rescheduled for March 29.. Memphis was paralyzed by 17 inches of snow which clogged streets, since the sanitation workers who are on strike would normally help clear the streets.. One striker observed: "Maybe the mayor should try to get an injunction against God.. He's on our side!".. Earlier a peaceful march of ministers, strikers, and sympathizers through the downtown area was turned into violence when Memphis police suddenly sprayed the marchers with Mace chemical gas.. Several marchers were beaten, including a 74-year-old sanitation worker who had to be hospitalized.. Ciampa, Jones, Lucy, Paisley and Epps were among those gassed.. Ciampa was sprayed once and collapsed in the street.. Other police then joined in spraying the nearly-unconscious filed staff director as he lay helpless in the gutter.. Daily marches through the downtown area have enforced a boycott of merchants.. The boycott has cut sales in the downtown area from 40 to 45 percent.. Strong backing is being given the strikers by other Memphis unions..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Accounting Clerk I - Per Capita / PEOPLE
    Descriptive info: Accounting Clerk I - Per Capita / PEOPLE.. Accounting Clerk I - Per Capita / PEOPLE.. Department:.. Financial Services.. Grade:.. OPEIU Grade 3.. Salary:.. Starts at: $37,765.. Posting Date:.. December 11, 2013.. This position processes, reviews and inputs a variety of financial and accounting transactions according to Union and department policies and procedures.. Uses one or more accounting software systems, spreadsheets and word processing software to perform required tasks.. Communicates with staff by telephone, email and memos.. Maintains records, logs, and files of transactions and activities.. Performs other general clerical tasks as assigned.. DUTIES:.. Receive sort and separate incoming checks.. Batch all checks by type of funds and create bank deposit for  ...   deposit J/E.. Make daily trip to bank to deposit all funds for AFSCME.. Distribute Stat books.. Prepare correspondence.. REQUIREMENTS.. : High school graduate or equivalent and one-year bookkeeping or accounting coursework at the college level with a minimum of one year experience in an automated accounting environment.. Additional bookkeeping or accounting courses is desirable.. Knowledge of AFSCME's accounting processes and related polices; knowledge of general bookkeeping; communication skills sufficient to exchange routine information with staff and vendors; ability to operate calculator/adding machine and to input data to automated accounting systems and other office equipment; and ability to use a PC and MS Office software.. Overtime may be required.. To Be Considered.. Benefits..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Assistant Strategic Analyst
    Descriptive info: Assistant Strategic Analyst.. Assistant Strategic Analyst.. Department of Organizing and Field Services/Corporate Affairs.. 5.. Starts at: $47,242.. November 22, 2013.. This position in the Organizing and Field Services Department, under supervision, performs a variety of responsibilities which supports organizing and contract campaigns.. The position supports workers in their efforts to form a union and win first contracts by assisting in targeting industries and companies where potential members work.. The work involves researching public and private sector employers; surveying governments and employers; writing, data collection, and maintenance tasks.. Responsibilities contribute to the overall development of strategies that advance organizing initiatives in specific industries, companies and/or geographical locations.. Duties:.. Locates, collects, compiles, sorts and analyzes corporate and workforce data; profiling legal, regulatory and community frameworks affecting industries, companies and workers.. Surveys workers relating to workplace conditions and regulatory compliance; assists in identifying workplace issues for further research; drafts requests for information and maintains logs on requests received and information sought.. Maintains database storage and retrieval system.. Masters a broad spectrum of internal and external resources to acquire specific information.. Organizes material and completes assignments according to set standards regarding order, clarity,  ...   an accredited four-year college or university with course work in economics, social sciences, business, public administration or liberal arts with up to two (2) years experience in labor, political or community organizing; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Ability to perform basic economic and financial analyses.. Ability to conduct sound research, problem solve, reach logical conclusions, summarize analysis.. Must have ability to write succinctly and present findings, ability to assess and appropriately respond to information requests, ability to use personal computers, including graphics software and setting up and maintaining databases and spreadsheets.. Exposure to labor relations issues in the public and private sectors.. Experience with statistical programs like SPSS is desirable.. Experience in labor, political or community organizing, including strategic research, desirable.. Familiarity with private sector organizing and the collective bargaining processes and issues.. Can plan and organize technical financial information and present in a manner that users can comprehend.. Can effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, ability to communicate in a foreign language desirable.. Posting Date: November 20, 2013.. Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V..

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