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Those were the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he addressed the sanitation workers on strike in Memphis just weeks before he was assassinated. Today, we honor Dr. King’s birthday but we do so not as a moment in history, but as a call to action today, to fight for dignity and respect for all workers in this country, just as Dr. King did in Memphis and throughout his too-short life.
The labor movement and the civil rights movement have been intertwined for decades and TWU has been there from the beginning, opening previously restricted job titles to people of color, marching in Selma, fighting for equal rights and pay for all working Americans, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
“Now is the time.” To act, to speak out, to fight for our rights, to strengthen the labor movement, to protect our jobs and our families.
As Dr. King said to those striking workers in 1968, “We can all get more together than we can apart; we can get more organized together than we can apart. And this is the way we gain power. Power is the ability to achieve purpose, power is the ability to affect change, and we need power.”
We must honor his legacy, reach for the dream, and stay united as TWU to wield the power needed to preserve our rights.
“Now is the time.”
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CFL College Scholarship Applications Now Online
Dear Chicago Federation of Labor Affiliates,
Applications for this year's William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship are now available online. The Chicago Federation of Labor will award 10 college scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the Academic Competition and five winners of the Random Drawing.
The William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship was created to show high school seniors that the Labor Movement stands in solidarity with them as they continue their educational pursuits. However, over the last few years, we have seen that some of our winners do not truly understand the importance of the Labor Movement in their own lives. To that end, the CFL restructured our scholarship to include a short essay section where applicants will answer the question: How has the Labor Movement impacted my life? It is our hope that the candidates, after writing this essay, willunderstand and appreciate how the Labor Movement gives a voice to workers, creates better standards and fights to protect workplace democracy. Essays will be evaluated and ranked by the Scholarship Committee based on best expression of personal experience and a fundamental understanding of what the Labor Movement represents. We will also consider style, grammar, spelling, punctuation and composition. Please note: Applicants for both the Academic Competition and the Random Drawing must complete the personal essay to qualify for the scholarship.
IMPORTANT CHANGE: To give students an opportunity to work on their essays over the holiday break, the applications are now available online. The application deadline is .
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More than 80% of Americans want to see the minimum wage increased. Obstruction is not an option -- demand Congress vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act and raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour NOW.