The Supreme Court is set to hear the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 case challenging public sector unions’ ability to collect fees from brothers and sisters they represent. Rallies were held in Philadelphia and throughout the nation to bring attention to this issue and the case. Philadelphia school teacher Bonnie Breese Bentum was one of the speakers Philly.
Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker
On February 1, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker huddled in the back of their truck to seek shelter from a storm. Suddenly, the truck’s compactor malfunctioned, trapping Cole and Walker and crushing them to death. The tragedy triggered the strike of the city’s 1,300 sanitation workers. They had warned the city about dangerous equipment but were ignored. They were fed up with poverty wages and racial discrimination. They walked off the job and marched under the banner: I AM A MAN. On February 1, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the accident that killed Cole and Walker, AFSCME will observe a moment of silence to honor their memory and sacrifice, and pick up the mantle from the 1968 strikers in the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice.
Janus v. AFSCME
The Janus case is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people. The billionaire CEOs and corporate interests behind this case, and the politicians who do their bidding, have teamed up to deliver yet another attack on working people by striking at the freedom to come together in strong unions…
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