The Purple Buzz: March 11, 2013

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Quick Quiz

The Order of the Knights of St. Crispin was an American labor union of shoe workers founded in 1867. Within 10 years, they had helped to implement a 10-hour workday for what group of people?

A. Women
B. Children
C. Immigrant workers
D. Both A and B

Scroll down to see answer.


Americans support crazy idea: Every worker should have a pension

A new study shows that 84% of Americans support a pension plan for “all Americans.” And the younger generation gets it. Ninety percent of Millennials said lawmakers must make retirement security a higher priority. Looks like the beginning of a movement.

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Next meeting: Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. via video-conference in our Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices and via tele-conference in our Hanford, Hollister, San Carlos, Santa Cruz and Watsonville offices. Please RSVP to Hoan.Pham@seiu521.org.

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Keeping families togetherMembers march for commonsense immigration reform

SEIU 521 members and leaders joined a huge rally in Bakersfield on March 6 that drew nearly 100 people in support of a path to citizenship and became a march on a local Congressman’s office.

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Join the action for Commonsense Immigration Reform!

 


Eligibility Workers move healthcare bill

SEIU 521 Eligibility Workers traveled to Sacramento last month and helped push a bill forward that will expand healthcare for Californians by simplifying the Medi-Cal enrollment process. The next steps on expanding and protecting healthcare services will include ensuring adequate funding for our county safety-net hospitals.

What’s next: Join a healthcare rally in Sacramento on March 20. More details coming soon.

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Salinas workers protect services, city budget

Facing a huge budget deficit, City of Salinas workers urged the city council on Feb. 26 to protect services and save almost $1 million of surplus money for a rainy day instead of spending it. The council agreed with workers.

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Helen Ledesma, Homecare workerHome care workers occupy supervisors

Blowing whistles and speaking out, more than 100 frustrated home care workers and their clients occupied the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ offices Feb. 25 in response to drawn out negotiations that are leaving workers in economic uncertainty.

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Quick Quiz

The Order of the Knights of St. Crispin was an American labor union of shoe workers founded in 1867. Within 10 years, they had helped to implement a 10-hour workday for what group of people?

A. Women
B. Children
C. Immigrant workers
D. Both A and B

Answer: D.

Before the Knights, women and children in manufacturing jobs could be forced to work 16-hour days. Through the efforts of the Knights of St. Crispin and the Daughters of St. Crispin, it was reduced to 10.

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