“It is generally acknowledged that almost every improvement in the condition of working people was accomplished by the efforts of organized workers through concerted action.”
— Preamble to the Constitution of the California School Employees Association
Our CSEA founder, Bill Schwartz could have turned his back when he found out his 70 year old co-worker Mary Coughlin was still mopping gymnasium floors because she couldn’t afford to retire. Instead he chose to take action. He and others took time out of their lives to travel the state and build our union and advocate for school workers.
– a union advocate
Please let me share more of what was shared with me.
Some quoted material:
“Former co-workers in Wisconsin sent me some of their pictures from their activities in Madison…”
“…voicing their displeasure with the Governor’s attempts to eliminate many collective bargaining rights for public sector employees.”
“Note the white stuff on the ground – they are rallying in the snow! – Brady”
“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Speech to the state convention
of the Illinois AFL-CIO, Oct. 7, 1965