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Peonies in December

For the past several years, I have served as president of our union. It has not been the easiest of responsibilities. It took enormous amounts of time and energy, and sometimes I found myself beset with issues that presented moral … Continue reading

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Every day is Labor Day

Though many states had already established Labor Day, it did not become a federal holiday until 1894, just 6 days after Grover Cleveland and the 14,000 troops he ordered to Chicago (1,936 federal troops, 4000 National Guard, 5000 extra deputy … Continue reading

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Join. Participate. Make change.

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Slowly, carefully, and with intention

Though school has officially ended for the summer, there have been a couple of union issues which still need some resolution. This must have been the subconscious energy that drove me to choose Diego Rivera’s mural, Production and Manufacture of … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day

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History isn’t supposed to repeat itself

The annual Pullman debates were today. The students take on the roles of Jane Addams, Eugene Debs (founder of the ARU-American Railway Union), George Pullman, Pullman Workers, the GMA (General Managers Association- a group of Railroad CEOs), Governor Altgeld, Rev. … Continue reading

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All thumbs for contract resolution

I could have left work early today, but I wanted to stay until the vote was counted for the ratification of our contract. Not that I was physically needed to do so, but it was a way for me to … Continue reading

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“…pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men.”

Clarence Darrow died today in 1938. For the last 50 years, civil rights activists, lawyers, and labor leaders have gathered on this date to toss a wreath into the Jackson Park Lagoon from the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, where his … Continue reading

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Complex promises and calculated intention

Another 4 hours of negotiating last night. (I am on our union’s negotiating team for our next teachers’ contract.) Let’s see… It has been eight, maybe ten 4 hour meetings already. And still many more to go. It’s a slow … Continue reading

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What have the unions ever done for us?

This was produced by Manic Times out of Australia. It speaks for itself. A couple of terms you’ll need to know: Superannuation: the Australian version of our Social Security Award System: Australian standards (legally binding) that set out minimum terms … Continue reading

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