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Do you know Hattie Canty? – One of the Greatest Strike Leaders in U.S. History

“I’m not going to be beat down by the system. I’m not going to be beat down by the community. I guess that’s what makes me different.” – Hattie Canty One of the greatest strike leaders in U.S. Labor History, Hattie Canty was born in rural Alabama in 1933. She found work as a cook in California before settling in Las Vegas with her husband, who supported the family and ten children. Read More

Today In History: A Presidential Executive Order

On January 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, “Employee Management Cooperation in the Federal Sector”.  This order granted federal employees the right to engage in collective bargaining through labor unions.   President Kennedy understood the importance of workers having a seat at the table, especially those in public service.  “The participation of employees in the formation and implementation of employee policy and procedures affecting them contributes to the effective conduct of public business,” he noted.  57 years ago, the President of the United States respected the public servants of the federal government and demonstrated that respect through the acknowledgement and expansion of their rights as workers.  Today, more than 800,000 federal workers are being denied respect and their economic dignity.  Currently, 480,000 federal workers are being forced to work without pay. Read More

Rosa Parks Day

This Saturday, December 1, will mark 63 years since Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.  This act is widely regarded as sparking the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956. Read More