I hope everything has turned out alright for those of you who were affected by the blizzard.
AWA continues to build alliances and increase our following. We have continued our efforts to create a resource center for workers who do not have the benefit of unions. These workers need the help of an organization like AWA to deal with the multitude of issues that arise in the workplace every day but go unaddressed for fear of reprisal. Isolation creates fear. But there is courage and strength in numbers.
Our next meeting is Sunday, March 18th from 5-7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. It is a private residence where parking is ample. Refreshments will be provided.
We would love to see you there! If you can attend please RSVP here:
As always, for those who cannot attend in-person, an audio-video conference is available. Please see below.
The link will also be available on the Facebook.
IN OTHER NEWS:
While the national jobs report was surprisingly good this month, wages continue to grow far too slowly. The jobs report is problematic because it doesn’t take into account those who are underemployed and those who have stopped looking for jobs, thus artificially lowering the true unemployment rate. Wages continue to have little correlation with the stock market, which is dangerously high.
This week, International Women’s Day was a reminder of the strength of women everywhere. While some have sought to obscure this holiday, its popularity in recent years has soared as we have been reminded that it is to commemorate the leadership roles women have taken in the labor movement.
In West Virginia, teachers in all 55 counties of the state were recently on strike for nine days in protest of their wages, which have not been increased in years. It was notable because it was directed in large part by its rank and file members versus the state leadership.
The strike ended when the legislature agreed to raise their wages by 5%. This is a great victory in a state which has become increasingly conservative and anti-union in recent years and thus difficult for unions to operate. It shows how the power of an organized workforce, united in the fight for better conditions, can be an effective model for change. This victory has already inspired teachers in Oklahoma and Arizona.
Looking forward to speaking with you soon,
Daniel L. Ulloa
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
Belleville, NJ 07019