Fight Back Pittsburgh/USW Local 3657 Organizing Committee Monthly Report
It’s been another busy month for Fight Back Pittsburgh. As the Children’s Museum continues to organize, we held an action on Free Day where we handed out literature and coffee and talked to the museum workers. We supported Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition on November 19th in their “Students Not Customers” rally as a part of a global week of action focused on the student debt crisis and corporatization of the university system.
Rachel Nunes, our intern funded by the Berger Marks Foundation, as a part of her grant launched a “share.connect.rise.” Facebook group and we is preparing for a large women’s caucus meeting on November 30.
Additionally, we have been preparing for the arrival if the Honeywell Road Warriors on Dec. 4. We have been organizing a benefit show to raise funds to help our brothers and sisters locked out at Honeywell. And we have been organizing our December GMM where we will hear from workers at the children’s museum about their campaign as well as the Fight For Fifteen Workers who are going on strike on December 4th!
It’s been a month of planning and action and we are excited for our upcoming GMM!
USW Local 3657
Civil Rights COMMITTEE
Committee Report for November 2014
The Committee met this month and reports the following:
1. AFL-CIO Mass Incarceration Training – We’ve spoken with the lead staffer on this issue from the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department and have been informed that a three-day train-the-trainer will be held in early December (dates t.b.a. later this week). The goal of the training is to organize labor/community presentations of these materials throughout the U.S. which deal with the role that organized labor must play in addressing the new Jim Crow that our current system of mass imprisonment of African Americans and Latinos represents. The CRC endorses Doug Ward and Guillermo Perez to attend the training on behalf of Local 3657 with the Local covering lost time and expenses.
2. EEOC Report – We briefly discussed the Local’s making an information request for the most recent EEOC report from the international this December.
3. LCLAA – Pittsburgh LCLAA will be holding a press conference with faith and community allies to endorse President Obama’s taking executive action to grant temporarily legal status and work authorization for millions of undocumented families. Also, the chapter will be organizing another celebration of Three King’s Day at the PFT Headquarters on January 10 will be request financial support from the Local at next month’s membership meeting.
4. AFL-CIO 2015 MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference Jan. 15-19 Atlanta, GA. The committee endorses Doug Ward and Rachel Serbin to attend the Conference on behalf of Local 3657.
5. PAW (Pride at Work) – Their first conference call was held November 18th 2014. USW, SEIU, PAW an UFCW was represented on the call. USW Joshua Rafsky was nominated as Treasurer for PA Chapter. Their discussions included Labor Equality index, Discrimination laws, Hate Crimes, becoming more co-active with labor federations, etc. The PA chapter has gotten support from Jack Shea, Rick Bloomingdale and Director Bobby Mac.
6. CRC was thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Laux from District 2 as the newest member of the committee.