CWA, Allies in Tennessee Tell Lawmakers ‘Put the People First’

by on March 15, 2014

Campus Workers United – Communications Workers of America are a founding member of the Southern Workers Assembly. Their recent action in Nashville, Tennessee is an important example of workers taking the lead in spreading the growing mass fight back against the attacks on the working-class and oppressed. The Southern Workers Assembly is committed to helping to spread these type of militant, worker-run actions across the U.S. South.

CWA Tennessee

March 13, 2014

More than 500 Tennessee activists, including CWAers, union members and other allies, rallied in Nashville at the State Capitol for secure, living wage jobs, public education, and democratic rights to organize, protest, bargain and vote freely.

It was the start of a movement throughout Tennessee to “Put the People First,” and activists from faith groups, unions and worker alliances, Jobs with Justice, the NAACP, Citizen Action and many more have come together to form the coalition. At the capitol in Nashville, they rallied, then delivered a letter to Gov.Bill Haslam (R), calling on him and the Tennessee legislature “to make the interests of Tennessee working people your top priority.”

“Our governor, this legislature, and their millionaire backers are trying to destroy 150 years of progressive reforms that the working class has won in our state. But we won’t go backward! And when we stand up and fight back, it isn’t just at a single rally. Today we’re launching a movement to ‘Put the People First!’ Just like our sisters and brothers did with Moral Mondays in North Carolina. And we won’t stop until they give us what we want!”

Action Alert: Stand with Chris

by on March 4, 2014

Disrespect for healthcare workers is disrespect for patients and harmful to quality care!

 

Healthcare Workers’ United

Charleston, SC

February 27, 2014

 

 

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Sign the petition demanding that Chris be re-instated!

South Carolina Activist Fired from Hospital after 19 Years of Service

Christine Nelson, a registered nurse and 19-year veteran at the Medical University of South Carolina was escorted from her office this afternoon after being rebuffed in her efforts to meet with supervisors. In recent weeks, Nelson and several coworkers in the Ambulatory Pre-Op Clinic in Rutledge Tower have complained of mismanagement and understaffing in their department.

An attack on healthcare workers is an attack on quality healthcare and harms our patients.   When we stand up for hospital workers, we are standing up for quality health care.  

Mary Moultrie, a leader of the Charleston hospital workers strike of 1969, called Nelson’s dismissal “another stain on MUSC’s reputation.” Moultrie observed that the hospital has been very successful in squelching dissent by disciplining “whistleblowers and others who speak out on behalf of patient care.” Charleston labor activist Leonard Riley observed that Nelson has been working with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission to compile workers’ complaints against MUSC.

Over the past two years, Nelson has spoken out against racial discrimination in the hospital, abuses of the Family Medical Leave Act and HIPAA (federal privacy law) violations by supervisors, as well as the hospital’s mistreatment of low wage workers. Her work to improve working conditions and patient care has led her to assume leadership roles in Healthcare Workers’ United, the South Carolina Progressive Network, and the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment. She has also been active in the Truthful Tuesday Coalition and the Southern Workers Assembly. She accompanied a group of Charleston activists to the HK on J protest in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8. Nelson is a lifetime member of Old Bethel UMC Church and is the mother of two children.

Healthcare Workers’ United invites you to stand with Chris by demanding that MUSC rehire her and end their efforts to retaliate against those workers who stand up for patients and for one another.

Call Today:  Contact MUSC CEO Patrick Cawley (843) 792-4000 or cawleypj@musc.edu

Sign Petition to Reinstate Chris!

 

North Carolina Local Worker Assemblies

by on February 7, 2014

Raleigh/Durham

Sat. February 22, 12noon, Teamsters Union hall, 6317 Angus Dr, Raleigh (off HWY 70 Between Raleigh & Durham). Contact Angaza Laughinghouse at 919-231-2660 for more info 

Goldsboro/Greenville/Wilson/Down East 

Saturday, March 8, Wilson, NC, International Working Women’s Day  at 10:30am – 2:30pm (with lunch break)
Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education, 1004 Herring Avenue E. Wilson, NC 27893, contact Larsene Taylor at 919-273-2735 for more information

Charlotte 

Sat. April 20., Greenville Community Center, 1330 Spring St, Charlotte, NC, Contact Ben Carroll at 919-604-8167 for more information.

 Lucia, fast food worker

 “I am inviting all workers to join this movement, to stand up and to not be afraid, together we will continue to fight for $15 an hour”

 Lucia , Fast Food Worker, NC Raise Up 

 

Larsene Taylor, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union ” There are increasing attacks on front-line city and state workers and the services we provide. We need a “Workers Bill of Rights” made into law to guarantee basic human rights. Divided we beg for a living wage, safe working environment, and a seat at the table…united we bargain! “

–  Larsene Taylor, State Mental Health Worker, DHHS; Cherry Hospital, Goldsboro NC; Vice President, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union 

Kristen Beller, teacher

“I fight for public schools because I believe they are the great equalizer in our society. Everyone gets the opportunity to make themselves stronger and smarter. An educated community has a greater quality of life. I fight for my students’ right to a quality public education because if I don’t, who will?”

–  Kristin Beller, Teacher, Millbrook Elementary 

 

Southern-Wide Mass Moral March, Sat., Feb. 8, Raleigh, N.C.

by on February 2, 2014
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Join the Moral March on Raleigh!

Thousands Stand Against Extremist Policies Being Passed by NC Governor and Legislature

 

Saturday, February 8,   Gather at 9am 

 

March with the Southern Workers Assembly in the Labor Contingent of the march.    Meet at the corner of of Wilmington St. and Cabarrus St. near Shaw University in downtown Raleigh.  Look for the yellow SWA banner and white solidarity flag.  

The biggest, boldest Moral Monday demonstration is happening next Saturday, February 8 in Raleigh. You will want to be a part of this dramatic and historic occasion.Tens of thousands of people outraged at attacks on women, teachers, voting rights, workers, the poor, youth and the environment will be pouring in from all parts of the state – and from across the U.S.

 

This promises to be the biggest march and rally in the South in 50 years. You’ve got to be there.

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session. After 13 Moral Mondays in Raleigh leading to almost 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience and 24 local Moral Mondays spanning the entire state, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the HKonJ coalition will join together once again for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly.

Join Southern Workers Assembly labor contingent to march for:
 

  • Union rights including collective bargaining
  • Living wages for all workers
  • Protect voting rights
  • Stop attack on unemployment coverage
  • Expand Medicaid
  • Fully fund all public services
  • End systematic racism, sexism and homophobia
  • and more!  

Saturday, February 8th
Gather 9:00am

Rally begins at 9:30am on Wilmington Street, between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. The march will begin at 10:30 AM to Jones Street outside the NC General Assembly. The rally at the General Assembly features movement music, NC NAACP president Rev. William J. Barber II, other speakers, and video of landmark events in the past year.

For logistics, maps, buses and more information visit http://www.hkonj.com

Join the Southern Workers Assembly after the march for a forum titled Organize the South.  Lunch served.  Located at the NC Justice Center at 224 S. Dawson Street.  Contact 919-637-6949 for more information. 

 

Moral Mondays: the emergence & dynamics of a growing mass human rights movement

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This statement is written in the build-up to a Southern-wide Mass Moral March, which is the 8th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street, on Saturday, February 8 in Raleigh, N.C. bringing together hundreds of unions, civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, environmental justice, community groups and churches to march against the reactionary policies of the N.C. General Assembly.   This is expected to be the largest march in the U.S. South in 50 years. To learn more about this march, visit http://www.hkonj.com

By Saladin Muhammad

Introduction

The Moral Mondays campaign in North Carolina that is mobilizing thousands to speak out against the legislative attacks on Black, working-class and poor people throughout the state is being talked about across the country, as it expands to other cities.

A Moral Monday rally in June 2013. Hundreds pack rotunda inside NC General Assembly; 151 were arrested that day. Photo: NC Student Power Union

Moral Mondays in North Carolina have a particular history that needs to be understood to recognize its political aims and the dynamics in moving it forward as a mass campaign and human rights social movement. Broad campaigns and movements for social justice have twists and turns that are influenced by the strength and bases of the class and political forces acting within them.

The critiques of social movements by many progressives too often rely on what’s written by the mainstream media without any contact with left and progressive forces which are active in those social movements. They also tend to analyze social movements as if there is only one permanent, leading political tendency and that other tendencies are merely tailing it and have no internal struggle, strategy and independent initiatives. The history of the Civil Rights Movement — where Dr. King was the mass spokesperson — points out the internal dynamics that exist within mass movements. Continue reading »