We are continuing to gather support from an array of sources from veteran political consultants to students so we will have the resources to properly launch our efforts and make a difference for struggling workers. Recently we have consulted a lawyer on the formation of bylaws.

Hi everyone!

We are continuing to gather support from an array of sources from veteran political consultants to students so we will have the resources to properly launch our efforts and make a difference for struggling workers. Recently we have consulted a lawyer on the formation of bylaws.

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. We plan to discuss narrowing our focus from the broad idea of “struggling workers and 1099 independent contractors” to a more specific area where we can make inroads and, consequently, more progress.

In addition, we plan to hold a strategic planning session and a SWOT analysis where we will formalize our mission and review the assets and liabilities of our organization. All are welcome and encouraged to attend (and bring friends)! Once completed, we will be able to expand our public presence.

Please RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/107921590052231/

If you can’t make it in-person, use the link below to conference in:

https://zoom.us/j/162124938

On Saturday, April 21st we plan to attend a meeting of the Poor People’s campaign in Newark, NJ to learn how the tactics of civil disobedience can change hearts and minds for the better. This is a revival of the campaign to address economic inequality made worse by racial basis that Dr. Martin Luther King was launching when he was assassinated.

We invite you to join us at the Worker’s Memorial March on Sunday, April 22nd in New Brunswick NJ for worker safety to march in solidarity and unity and remember those who have lost their lives at work. It begins at noon at the Anshe Emeth Temple at 222 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick. For more information, click below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1731558670199911/

IN OTHER NEWS:

Teachers in Oklahoma have won a 20% raise after a 9-day statewide strike. The state agreed to substantial raises for both the teachers and the support staff after many years of budgetary cuts at the expense of subsidies to Big Oil.

This is great news. It shows that the power of mass action from united workers can succeed under adverse circumstances including a hostile government and big business dominating electoral politics.  A poll found an amazing 72% of Oklahomans supported the strike. Teachers in Oklahoma are among the lowest paid in the nation.

In solidarity,

Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
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Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1
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Progress and Strike

Hello All!

I hope everyone is managing the best they can with this crazy weather!

We are making progress one step at a time! We have been connecting with a variety of progressive organizations such as Our Revolution, as well as meeting with lawyers who can provide free consultations to individuals who have encountered labor problems at work.

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. We plan to discuss narrowing our focus from the broad idea of “struggling workers and 1099 independent contractors” to a more specific sector where we can make inroads and, consequently, more progress.

In addition, we plan to hold a strategic planning session and a SWOT analysis where we will formalize our mission and assess the assets and liabilities of our organization. All are welcome and encouraged to attend (and bring friends)!

Please RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/107921590052231/

If you can’t make it in-person, use the link below to conference in:

https://zoom.us/j/162124938

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IN OTHER NEWS: Following the teachers strike in West Virginia, a strike has begun in Oklahoma where teachers and their allies have occupied the state capitol building. They have refused to back down until their demands are fully met.

Oklahoma has severely cut its public education budget for years while lowering its tax on oil companies. This has resulted not only in low salaries but in crumbling educational conditions such as lack of textbooks, seats, pencils, paper, and scissors. The cuts have been so deep, in fact, that many schools now only operate four days per week. The low salaries for teachers there have forced many to leave the state. Teachers in Oklahoma are the worst paid in the country.

Currently, in Kentucky, teachers in eight school districts have gone on strike as well to protest a severe reduction in their pension. Teachers in Arizona are threatening to strike as well. These strikes are all being organized with broad grassroots support among union members.

While these places might all seem to be dark red states, they had some Democratic representation during the Obama Administration. Moreover, simply because a state is politically conservative in some parts doesn’t mean labor unions and their allies, including AWA, should have no interest in the economic and labor issues there.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. King was in Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers when he was assassinated. King believed that civil rights were entwined with economic justice and had sought to launch a “Poor People’s Campaign” to address economic issues. However, the effort failed after his death. The idea is being revived by the Rev. Dr. Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP. Stay tuned…

We seem to be at the breaking point where workers will no longer accept death by cuts. When push comes to shove, we must fight back against hypercapitalism which is destroying the middle class.

ABOUT US: The American Workforce Association (AWA) is a community organization with ties to labor unions founded to address economic inequality that has resulted in lower salaries and fewer benefits for the workforce. We welcome input from everyone to grow our leadership team.

In solidarity,

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association

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