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  • Southern workers converge to organize the South

    first_imgRaleigh, N.C. — Longshore workers from Charleston, S.C. Hospital workers from El Paso, Texas. Diesel engine parts manufacturing workers from Rocky Mount, N.C. State mental health workers from Petersburg, Va. Farm workers, union organizing committees and social movement activists from 10 states and over 30 workplaces.They all came from across the U.S. South to attend the first session of the Southern Workers School. Organized by the Southern Workers Assembly, the school took place March 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C. Seven more school sessions will take place over the next six months to continue to develop an action plan and give workers the opportunity to engage in joint study.This session of the school had several main objectives, including building a plan, with the worker leaders and rank-and-file activists gathered, to strategically organize workplaces across the region and begin the development of a committed core of activists. This core will study political economy and the organizing lessons of past union and Civil Rights campaigns in the region to inform a strategy where workers can best build unions and workers’ power.The school was also held to help develop social movement conditions and bottom-up worker activism in order to attract support from international unions and other sources and be able to challenge those among the world’s largest corporations that invest in the region. Net income from U.S. and foreign investments in the South now equals $3.7 trillion, making it the world’s fourth-largest economy behind Japan.‘For a broad fighting movement’“The Southern Workers School is not an event,” stated Saladin Muhammad, of Black Workers for Justice, in his opening remarks. Muhammad is a retired international representative of the United Electrical Workers. “It’s about building infrastructure for a broad, fighting social movement that exposes the capitalist system and to build workers’ power to transform the economy.” Along with Muhammad, Ed Bruno, retired southern director for the National Nurses Union, developed and presented the curriculum for the school.A school document reads: “The U.S. South is a region where forced labor and a system of racist apartheid were legalized. It shaped a culture of social, economic and political divisions that has made the U.S. South a region of low-wage labor, low union density and political conservatism. Because of the role of the U.S. South in fueling the growth of U.S. and global capitalism, particularly as a region producing the majority of the world’s cotton for the European textile industry during the 18th and 19th centuries, there was an acceptance of the conditions of forced labor and racist oppression in the European countries and developing global economy profiting from the international slave trade and forced labor.“Rank-and-file workers, especially in the South, need a new orientation and organizing forms that break with business unionism that demobilizes members, bargains concessionary contracts, and aligns with corporate-run political parties.”The school also sought to connect to the broader social movements, including the Black Lives Matter movement and against racist police killings. In the week before the school, a 24-year-old Black man, Akiel Denkins, was killed by a Raleigh police officer, and several demonstrations took over the streets.‘About more than getting paid right’“I lived through the 1960s,” stated Rolanda McMillan, a fast food worker from Richmond, Va., with Raise Up. “It’s about more than getting paid right. It’s about, am I gonna get killed tomorrow by a cop because of the color of my skin? Am I on a terrorist list because I am a Black woman?” McMillan also testified about being fired from McDonald’s for going on strike for $15 an hour and union rights, but later winning her job back after her co-workers, the community and Raise Up pressured the company.Professor Patrick Mason from Florida State University led two major sessions about the political economy of the South. Mason’s presentation focused on the role of chattel slavery in shaping the economy here, including the continued repression that Black folks have faced in the region since abolition: the counterrevolution after Reconstruction, Black codes, sharecropping, Jim Crow, segregation, mass incarceration and overpolicing.So-called “right-to-work” (for less) laws were enacted in the South to maintain segregation in the workplace and thus prevent the unity of workers organizing into unions and into a united working class that fights to bring about a society that addresses the human rights and needs of all. New York State alone has more union members than all 12 Southern states combined.“Right-to-work,” anti-union codes and stripping of collective bargaining have now spread outside the South to states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Workers from Detroit and Wisconsin attended the school to show solidarity and connection with the workers’ movements there. A strong delegation of day laborers from New York, who belong to the Movimiento Independiente de Trabajadores (Independent Workers Movement), also attended.The victorious Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, which recently defeated the global apartheid corporation Veolia/Transdev, led a session Sunday morning. Their two-year campaign to reinstate four unfairly fired bus driver leaders, win a just contract, fight hundreds of stalled grievances, take back their local union under progressive leadership and beat back criminal charges provided rich experience and lessons to share with Southern workers and inform future campaigns.Recently elected Local 8751 Treasurer Georgia Scott connected her experience as a young girl in Alabama, where she and others in the Civil Rights Movement were attacked in 1965 by police while marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, to her recent union efforts.President Emeritus Donna Dewitt, of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, told the assembled workers: “The Southern Workers Assembly was responsible for drafting the resolution that was adopted at the national AFL-CIO convention in 2013 to organize the South.” Yet the national unions and the two labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have not engaged in coordinated efforts in many years to organize labor in the South.With few exceptions, unions organizing in the South tend to be trying to make up for the loss of union members elsewhere. They lack a long-term strategy, including allocating financial resources to organize Southern labor as a social movement. Dewitt continued, “This school was a critical step to move this plan forward.” At the end of the school, workers discussed a constitution for the Southern Workers Assembly and vowed to take it back to their locals for adoption and support.The struggle to organize the South just took a momentous leap forward. To learn more, visit southernworker.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • #BREAKING Limerick man dies following assault in city

    first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsBreaking news#BREAKING Limerick man dies following assault in cityBy Staff Reporter – October 14, 2016 691 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous article#Cathy Davey #new album #playing LimerickNext articleLimerick mother thought she would die in drunken attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGS#BreakingfeaturedGardaílimerick WhatsApp A murder investigation is likely to be launched in Limerick later this Friday after a man died following an assault in the cityTHE victim of an attack in Limerick on Wednesday night has died this Friday morning in hospital as a result of serious head injuries.The man, aged in his 50s, was found on a pathway outside an apartment block adjacent to the People’s Park on Lord Edward Street shortly after 7:45pm on Wednesday night.The man was found by a passerby with serious head injuries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is understood that the victim was involved in an altercation with another man who fled the scene after the attack.Emergency services attended the scene and the victim was brought to University Hospital Limerick for emergency treatment, but given the nature and extent of the injuries, the man was transferred to Cork University Hospital.The 51-year-old died this Friday morning and Gardai notified the office of the State Pathologist.A post mortem examination will determine the course of the Garda investigation but a murder investigation is likely to be launched.Crime scene investigators conducted initial investigations at the scene and a number of items have been sent for forensic examination.Gardai are appealing for witnesses and have asked members of the public with relevant information to contact Henry Street 061 212400 or Roxboro Gardai 061 214 340 or the confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111. Printlast_img read more

  • Boutique three-level townhouse could be home of the future

    first_img3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.Carpeted internal stairs lead up to the second floor, where the main bedroom enjoys uninterrupted Brisbane views from its private balcony. The room also boasts a built-in wardrobe and elegant ensuite. The third bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and is positioned next to a bathroom. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAdorned in travertine stone flooring, the first floor has open-plan living and dining rooms, which boast modern ceiling lights and a built-in TV cabinet. The sophisticated kitchen complements space with quality stainless steel appliances, an island benchtop and timber cabinetry. A powder room and study nook are tucked discreetly behind the kitchen. Large windows fill this level with natural light, while bi-fold doors create a flow to a covered balcony with northerly views of suburbia. THIS boutique three-level townhouse could be the type of property that most Brisbane homeowners call home in the future.The three-bedroom, two bathroom, single car space home at 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood, is surrounded by riverside parks, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.Unit three, one of six townhouses available, has been designed with soft neutral tones, timber finishes, custom-feature joinery and 3m-high ceilings.An exclusive street-front gate with established gardens grants entry to the ground floor via a courtyard. Sliding glass doors connect the courtyard to a carpeted bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and contemporary ensuite. A single-car garage with additional storage space resides at the rear of the property. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.With five additional townhouses available in the same complex, there is a wealth of options for buyers. Although boasting an identical level of opulence, these townhouses have slightly different floorplans, with some featuring multipurpose rooms on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the second floor. Townhouses one and two also have space for two cars in the garage.Agent Cameron Crouch said this residence was a rare offering in a whisper-quiet neighbourhood, perfect for families or busy professionals seeking relaxed and low-maintenance living. Inspections are by appointment and the property is priced at over $595,000.last_img read more

  • Modern style draws $700k sale in Scarborough

    first_img3/51 Landsborough Ave, ScarboroughA RENOVATED apartment with ocean views has sold at Scarborough for $700,000.Forty 20 Property sales agent Steve Hart said a middle-aged couple bought the unit at 3/51 Landsborough Ave as an investment property.He said they had been in the building to inspect another unit when they decided to take a look at this one.“They loved it the moment they saw it,” Mr Hart said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“There’s two things about that property that sold it — one is its position and two, it’s just beautifully presented. 3/51 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough“It’s in an older block — they were built in 2003 — (but) to my knowledge, it’s the only renovated one there.”Mr Hart said its modern style was what attracted the considerably higher price than other units in the building.He said apartments were much more popular than houses on the Peninsula of late, particularly among retirees and buyers looking to downsize or invest.“I can’t see that stopping for a while, there’s a lot of people in that market place,” Mr Hart said.He said a lack of modern houses in the area could be responsible for the trend.last_img read more