The Purple Buzz – October 17, 2012


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Quick Quiz

On Oct. 18, 1648, the first two American trade unions were established in Boston. Their charters were still kept in check by local judges and many of the rights we take for granted today were not allowed. What two industries were unionized on this day?
A) Shoemakers
B) Coal miners
C) Barrel makers
D) Judges

Scroll down to see answer.


What do Zombies and Prop. 32 have in common?

Boo on 32 - Watch if you dare

Answer: They both won’t stay dead. But the “Boo on 32″ video-virus is spreading [in a good way], as our campaign reaches out to the public about the deceptive nature of Prop. 32.

Watch the video; see our ad that will be appearing in Santa Cruz’s City on the Hill newspaper; print and share the flier; forward the blog; and most important, make the pledge today!

We will hold a drawing to give away set pieces [tombstone, cemetery sign] to those who pledge.

*You do not have to pledge to be eligible to win a prize; simply email your name to communications@seiu521.org.


SEIU 521 Voters’ Guide

Every election cycle, our members come together in their local halls to participate in SEIU 521’s democratic endorsement process. It is a time-honored tradition in America for groups large and small to come together and make their voices heard. Our members vetted potential candidates, evaluated their positions, and weighed the issues before making their final recommendation for endorsement. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process.

This is a very critical election with many issues affecting our members and services, so don’t forget to vote!

Check the SEIU 521 Voters’ Guide for union members here: http://www.seiu521.org/elections-endorsements


San Benito County workers win civil rights lawsuit

San Benito County workers cannot be silenced. When the county violated their civil rights to free speech by wrongfully limiting their political activity, members took action all the way to the courts and won.

Congratulate the San Benito workers: http://www.seiu521.org/sbc-settlement


President Obama dedicates Cesar Chavez’s home as national monument

Chavez National Monument

Cesar Chavez’s former home in Keene, California is now a national monument, as declared by President Obama during his visit there this month (Oct. 8).

Several SEIU Local 521 members joined the crowd of thousands, chanting “Si se Puede” and “Four more years” as the president spoke from the podium.

Read more and see photo slideshow:
http://www.seiu521.org/chavez-national-monument


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Quick Quiz

On Oct. 18, 1648, the first two American trade unions were established in Boston. Their charters were still kept in check by local judges and many of the rights we take for granted today were not allowed. What two industries were unionized on this day?
A) Shoemakers
B) Coal miners
C) Barrel makers
D) Judges

Answer: A and C) Oct. 18, 1648, Boston shoemakers and barrel makers (also known as “coopers”) form the first U.S. union organizations.

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