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The Union for Advocates

The National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO is the union representing the majority of those who work in federally-funded legal services programs across the USA. We also represent workers in other types of law offices and in various human services programs.


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URGENT CALL TO ACTION ON LSC FUNDING

***URGENT CALL TO ACTION ON LSC FUNDING***

Please take a few minutes today (June 9, 2015)  to call your Senators and urge them to reach out to Chairman Shelby and Ranking Minority member Mikulski and urge them to increase LSC funding in the Senate's Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.  You can reach your Senator by calling the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to your Senator's office.  Attached is a Fact Sheet to give you some background information for the call.    

The Senate Subcommittee is scheduled to mark-up the bill on Wednesday, June 10, 2015  and the full Senate Appropriations Committee will review it on Thursday, June 11, 2015 so it is important for you to call today, Tuesday June 9, 2015!!! 

NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 members are incredible advocates for their clients and this is another way for members to allow their voice to be heard.  We need to have each Senator talking to Senators Shelby and Mikulski about the importance of LSC funding. 

Just a reminder.  Members have a right to have their voice heard in this process, but are not allowed to use LSC-funded program resources for this.  When members call, say that you are a member of NOLSW, UAW Local 2320. Please remember to not use any program resources for these calls and to use personal phones and computers on non-work time.   

Also, encourage friends, family and coworkers to also call.  Please let NOLSW President Gordon Deane (email deane.g@gmail.com) know when you make the calls and the response.  Thanks to everyone for their help!




































































 
Download: LSC Fact Sheet FY16 Senate.pdf
Happy May Day
May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa. This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day.

In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders. By April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement.

The heart of the movement was in Chicago, organized primarily by the anarchist International Working People's Association. Businesses and the state were terrified by the increasingly revolutionary character of the movement and prepared accordingly. The police and militia were increased in size and received new and powerful weapons financed by local business leaders. Chicago's Commercial Club purchased a $2000 machine gun for the Illinois National Guard to be used against strikers. Nevertheless, by May 1st, the movement had already won gains for many Chicago clothing cutters, shoemakers, and packing-house workers. But on May 3, 1886, police fired into a crowd of strikers at the McCormick Reaper Works Factory, killing four and wounding many. Anarchists called for a mass meeting the next day in Haymarket Square to protest the brutality.

The meeting proceeded without incident, and by the time the last speaker was on the platform, the rainy gathering was already breaking up, with only a few hundred people remaining. It was then that 180 cops marched into the square and ordered the meeting to disperse. As the speakers climbed down from the platform, a bomb was thrown at the police, killing one and injuring seventy. Police responded by firing into the crowd, killing one worker and injuring many others.

Although it was never determined who threw the bomb, the incident was used as an excuse to attack the entire Left and labor movement. Police ransacked the homes and offices of suspected radicals, and hundreds were arrested without charge. Anarchists in particular were harassed, and eight of Chicago's most active were charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with the Haymarket bombing. A kangaroo court found all eight guilty, despite a lack of evidence connecting any of them to the bomb-thrower (only one was even present at the meeting, and he was on the speakers' platform), and they were sentenced to die. Albert Parsons, August Spies, Adolf Fischer, and George Engel were hanged on November 11, 1887. Louis Lingg committed suicide in prison, The remaining three were finally pardoned in 1893

Today, and every May 1, we remember the sacrifices of those who fought and in some cases died for the 8 hour day, fair wages, and the right to a Union.

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