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 USW Local 105 - Charity Golf Tournament - June 3rd @ 7:30 AM Sharp.

Hidden Hills Golf Course

4 person prefered ball tournament. $280 per team. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart. A tournament t-shirt and a BBQ meal caterd from Caddy's after the golf.

Arconic employees, USW Local 105 members, IBEW 1379 members and the people from the surrounding communities took time to honor workers that have been injured or lost their lives at work.

April 27

Bread and Roses Strike

The first strike for the 10 hour day occurred on this date by Boston carpenters, – 1825 1,450 paroled Union POWs died when the steamer Sultana blew up in the worst shipping disaster in American history. The river steamer Sultana was overloaded. It was equipped with tubular boilers which were not well-suited for use in the muddy waters of the lower Mississippi. The boat blew up and sank near Memphis, Tennessee. Over 2,300 perished in all, many of them emaciated Union soldiers returning north after being released from a Confederate prison camp. – 1865 Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act indefinitely (first passed in 1882 and again in 1902), making it unlawful for Chinese laborers to enter the U.S. and denying citizenship to those already here. – 1904 James Oppenheim’s poem Bread and Roses was published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity. – 1946 As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day, A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray, Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses, For the people hear us singing:

“Bread and roses! Bread and roses!” As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,

For they are women’s children, and we mother them again. Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;

Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead

Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.

Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.

Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.

The rising of the women means the rising of the race. No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes,

But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

President Dwight Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants. – 1953

A concrete cooling tower under construction at a power station at Willow Island, West Virginia, collapsed. All of the 51 construction workers on the scaffolding fell to their deaths. OSHA and the contractor agreed to settle the case for $85,500 (or about $1,700 per dead worker); no criminal charges were ever filed. The final OSHA rule on concrete and masonry construction was not issued for another 10 years and improved scaffolding rules, not until 1990. – 1978

The U.S. House could vote in the coming weeks on a bill that would replace our guaranteed overtime pay system with a new “comp time” alternative. The misleadingly-named “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180) is a serious concern. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, corporate human resource organizations and other big-business interests are lining up in support of the bill. Make sure you know what’s at stake!

The Jefferson Awards were announced at the USW Convention. Our Local 105 Women of Steel Committee was the recipient of a Jefferson Award. Congratulations to the WOS for their leadership in community activities. Also a thank you to the membership for their generosity in supporting the fund raising events organized by the Women of Steel.

The Power of Unity (for video click here)

This is the opening video for the 2017 USW Convention.

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