December 21, 2012
Volume 1., Issue 258
Show Your Support for Sandy Hook Students, Families and Teachers
The horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT has left a lasting impact on families and communities from coast to coast. All across the country, working families and their unions are joining together to help those impacted by the shooting get through this difficult holiday season.
Consider showing your support for the Sandy Hook community in the following ways:
Share a condolence message. The American Federation of Teachers is collecting condolences and messages of support for the Newtown community. Leave your condolences for the students, staff, teachers and families here.
Send a “snowflake for Sandy Hook.” Sandy Hook students will be relocated to an old unused school building when they return to school in January, and the Sandy Hook PTA is trying to create a “winter wonderland” at their new school by collecting homemade paper snowflakes from all around the country. Show your support by mailing a snowflake by January 12th to Connecticut PTSA c/o Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514.
Light a candle. If you’re in the Sacramento area, join a community vigil to show support for the victims and their families tonight from 6-8pm at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation, 9040 High Tech Court in Elk Grove. More info here.
St. Rose Hospital RNs Vote to Join California Nurses Association
Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward -- one of the last remaining non-union hospitals for RNs in the immediate Bay Area -- voted by 91 percent Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The nurses’ fight was largely centered around ensuring the hospital’s top fiscal priority is patient care. They also hope to improve staffing and address other patient care issues as they take the next step in working to achieve their first collective bargaining agreement.
“We are proud professionals who have been at St. Rose for years and many of us also live and vote in this community. We serve more of the indigent patient community than other hospitals yet receive less support,” said Mayra Romero, a medical surgical and telemetry RN at St. Rose. "We wanted to send a strong message to the St. Rose management, the Board of Directors, local elected officials and all involved in the future of St. Rose that we also must be included in this discussion.”
Housekeepers Urge Hyatt to Add Hotel Worker to its Board of Directors
In recent years, Hyatt has become notorious as the worst employer in the hotel industry. Now, Hyatt housekeepers are pushing for a simple solution to move Hyatt in a new direction – adding an actual hotel worker to Hyatt’s board of directors. On Tuesday, national actions kick off at Hyatt headquarters in Chicago, where hotel workers are submitting a resolution for consideration by the directors who are expected to meet on the date of the next shareholders meeting in June 2013.
“We all have a shared stake in Hyatt’s success, but no one who cleans rooms like me has a real say at Hyatt,” says Cathy Youngblood, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood who went to Hyatt headquarters last week to make her voice heard. “By choosing someone like me to be on the board, Hyatt could be a model for corporate America at a time when so many American workers feel left behind.”
Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” Budget Plan Fails
With a large number of House Republicans refusing to back asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share in taxes, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled his “Plan B” from the floor last night and adjourned the House. No negotiations between Republicans and the Obama White House on the expiring middle class tax cuts and automatic spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 1 are scheduled.
“Speaker Boehner’s failure last night should be seen as one thing: A reset button to listen to the will of the American people. The slate is clean and we call on the President to come forward with an offer that reflects the reasons he won the election,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. “The President and Congress have no obligation to radical Republicans who have no ground to stand on. What they do have is the backing of millions of hardworking women and men tired of being held hostage by far right-wing Republicans who clearly have little interest in governing.”
This Week on “Labor’s Edge”
- “Pricing Carbon, Growing Jobs in California” by Kirsten Snow Spalding, Ceres
- “AFT’s Weingarten: ‘Schools Have to Be Safe Sanctuaries’” by Mike Hall, AFL-CIO
- “Occupational Health Watch: Preventing Worker Deaths from Solvents Containing Methylene Chloride” by Barbara Materna Ph.D, CA Department of Public Health
- “Koch Brothers & ALEC Top Conservative Forces Behind Right-to-Work in Michigan” by John Logan, San Francisco State University
- “Chained CPI: The Younger You Are, the Bigger the Cut” by Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO
- “Why Someone Like Me Should Have a Say at Hyatt” by Cathy Youngblood, UNITE HERE 11
- “Labor-Sponsored Food & Toy Drive Brings Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of San Diego Families” by Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego-Imperial Central Labor Council