Wednesday, April 26, 2023

May Day Actions in New York, Including Retired Teacher Meeting at 1 PM

In 1889, May 1 was designated May Day, a day in support of workers, by an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions in commemoration of the Haymarket Affair, a violent confrontation that took place on May 4, 1886, in Chicago, Illinois. The 1 May date was chosen by the American Federation of Labor to commemorate a general strike in the United States, which had begun on 1 May 1886 and culminated in the Haymarket affair four days later. The demonstration subsequently became a yearly event...

-------International Workers' Day - Wikipedia

May 1 is a Labor Day worldwide - except in the United States, which has been so anti-labor, the day was moved to after the summer. American capitalism has the power to move the calendar. But the left in this country still celebrates and actions that day are heating up.

You will notice there is a Retired Teacher Chapter meeting on Monday at 1PM. Every other meeting is on a Tuesday. Why the change to a day when so many other activities are taking place? Is this a "screw you" to the left labor movement from a center/right corp Dem-run union? Nahhh. They don't think that deeply. Probably RTC CL Tom Murphy has a dental appointment on Tuesday.

I will be at the RTC meeting getting more signatures for our petition calling for a healthcare vote in the UFT. My snail mail box has been flooded. So if you are a UFT member go and sign online or download a copy if you work in a school and get your mates to sign, put a stamp on an envelope and mail it. Licking stamps is good for your health.

I might wear this mask to the meeting. Does that make me a Putin apologist?

Let Tom Murphy yell at me to take off my mask and get Covid and threaten to call security to throw me out for wearing a sign. Tom, who penned a piece calling for decorum, demonstrated his version of decorum by screaming at a few elderly ladies for daring to put up a few signs in back of the room and called for security to toss the ladies out --- DECORUM, UNITY STYLE.

Here's the schedule for Monday's May Day events. Don't miss out.



No More 24! Stop Racism, Corruption and Wage Theft!
City Hall, Broadway & Murray 

One is this rally to stop the inhumane 24 hour work day for homecare workers.
No More 24!

Stop Racism, Corruption and Wage Theft!
Many of you came out April 12 and during the 3-day sit-in at City Hall to demand Speaker Adams bring the No More 24 Act (Int 175) to a vote and immediately replace it with two 12-hour shifts. Together, we made it known, New Yorkers will no longer tolerate being the only city to have the racist and inhumane 24-hour workday. 

In response to our actions, Speaker Adams revealed her dirty deal to protect insurance companies’ profits: she claims that the City needs to pay at least $1 billion a year. We ask: to whom? To the insurance companies and home care agencies? Is it to offset their loss from not being able to keep stealing our hard-earned wages? If this is not corruption and racism, then why does Adams fight tooth and nail to stall Int 175 despite community outcry?!

The federal and state governments already contract insurance companies to cover patients' care. Splitting the 24-hour care only makes insurance companies – not the City – pay more, and make less profit. The No More 24 Act will protect the worker’s health, create more jobs, increase the City’s tax revenue, and guarantee the safety of the patients.

JOIN US this May Day, to demand Speaker Adams prioritize the interest of all New Yorkers by ending her corruption and putting the No More 24 Act to a vote before May 1st. 

May 1, 12PM 
City Hall, Broadway & Murray 
Our endorsers include worker centers, labor unions, women’s organizations, and political parties, among others. In alphabetical order:
Asian American Feminist Collective
A Better Balance
Abraham Ezekiel Foundation
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Border Workers Association
Brooklyn-Wide Interagency Council on Aging (BWICA)
Brooklyn College Women's Center
Broome/Tioga Green Party
Building Trades for Workers’ Democracy
Campaign For NY Health
Citrus College Adjunct Faculty Federation
Coalition of Labor Union Women-Philadelphia
Columbia YDSA
Corporate Campaign
CUNY Law School Labor Coalition for Workers' Rights and Economic Justice
Domestic Workers United
Garment Worker Center
Global Monitor
Graduate Workers of Columbia GWC-UAW Local 2110
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition
Green Party of Brooklyn
HEAL Trafficking
Hunger Action Network of NYS
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Metro Justice
Mujer Obrera
Nancy Folbre, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum NYC Chapter
Immigrant & Refugee Justice
Occupational Clinical Center of the Southern Tier
Party for Socialism and LiberationSocial Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
Socialist Party of NYC
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Student-Worker Solidarity
Students Organizing Against Reynolds (SOAR)
The City Congregation for Humanistic JudaismTompkins County Workers' Center
UAW-GSOC Local 2110
UAW Local 675
Unidad Latina en Accion, CT
Unidad Latina en Accion, NJ
Wind of the Spirit
WNYCOSH Worker Center
Women’s Strike NYC
Yale Women’s Center


UFT Retired Teachers Chapter Meeting
52 Broadway, NYC


Workers Rights Are Moral Rights
Union Square Park-Worker Education Circles
5pm March to Foley Square



Demand Care Not Cuts
Whitehall R Station
March to Cipriani's (55 Wall Street) where Mayor Adams is being honored at Literacy Partners Gala

MORE's Contract Committee has organized a May Day action to call out Mayor Adam's and his austerity budget! Beyond our own contract fight we know that austerity impacts ALL of us and so we hope that you will join us! 

We are organizing alongside  AQE and the People's Plan to Demand Care Not Cuts! If your union, caucus, or organization wants to assist with organizing with us please email me directly and I can send you our contract committee meeting info. 

Rally Details:May 1st 6-8PM
We will meet at the Whitehall R/W station at 6 PM. Then we will march over to Cipriani's where Mayor Adams is being honored at the Literacy Partners Gala. We hope to have a large picket and will have speakers. We will end by 8 PM (it's a school night!) 

The action flier is attached below. If you have any questions please do hesitate to reach out.

We hope to see you there! 


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