You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Monday April 27, 1903
New York City, New York - Aims of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union
The founders of the ILGWU are mostly Socialists who reject the AFL's "pure and simple unionism." Nevertheless, their aims are conservative in nature. Since the union was formed two years ago, they have discouraged strikes, and have relied, instead, on popularizing the union label. Where the union label is not found, the ILGWU promotes boycotts.
Women and the American Labor Movement
From Colonial Times to the Eve of World War I
-by Philip s Foner
Sunday April 27, 1913
Military Bastille, West Virginia - Letter from Mother Jones to Carolyn Lloyd
We offer this excerpt from Mother Jones' letter without comment:
(as written, without correction except for punctuation, as needed for clarity.)
My dear Miss Lloyd,SOURCE
Your two volumes of Mr. Lloyd's Biography came to me and was received with a great deal of pleasure. As I opened the package and saw what it contained, I, for a moment, felt down hearted. I looked at Mr. Lloyd's beautiful picture, so natural, as I saw him the last time in Pa. I remember it so well the statement he made on the floor of the convention in 1896 at the Populist's convention when they nominated Bryan and were cheering. I said this looks like a complete sell out and he said to me in reply, "Mother, this is the last of the Populist movement, this is is its funeral." He seemed to grasp that the traitors had gotten hold of the movement and in that he was right...
Now dear Comrade, I am still fighting away and perhaps I am doing just as much good within these prison walls as I would outside...
The Correspondence of Mother Jones
-ed by Edward M Steel
U of Pittsburgh Press, 1985
Saturday April 27, 2013
From Labor Notes: "Supply Chain Workers Tell Walmart’s Dirty Secrets"
Walmart has cut store staffing so severely that in some cases workers have no time to stock shelves, and the few remaining checkers face customers who’ve been waiting in line for 30 minutes.Read full article here:
That’s just the newest symptom of Walmart’s profit-at-any-cost policies, which create miserable conditions along the company’s whole supply chain, said Walmart workers who compared notes Thursday [April 18] in New York.
They gathered to remember 112 garment workers who died in the Tazreen Fashion factory fire near Dhaka, Bangladesh, last November. About 100 marched to the house of Walmart board member Michele Burns with a letter asking for compensation for the victims and demanding that Walmart sign a fire-safety agreement with Bangladeshi unions.
Police and building security prevented delivery of the letter, so workers, including Sumi Abedin, a young survivor of the fire, stood outside in the dusk, reading the names of the dead and holding a series of long, black, coffin-shaped signs that spelled
Making Change at Walmart
Corporate Action Network
Sumi Abedin & Kalpona Akter on the End Death Traps Tour