Area 4 Representative
Richard Koritz

International Civil Rights Center & Museum to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Sanitation Workers Strike


On Sunday afternoon, February 4th, in person, we will have the opportunity to hear and learn from William “Bill” Lucy, legendary Black trade unionist and recipient of the highest award at the Civil Rights Museum Gala on February 3rd, the evening before. [On January 15, Brother Lucy will receive the Chairman’s Image Award from the NAACP at an event televised by BET.]

Brother Lucy will speak at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro on Sunday, February 4th between 2PM and 4PM and lead our commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the heroic I AM A MAN Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968, in which he was a participant. This inspiring event will be free of charge and include current local activists, refreshments and union songs.

The attached flier tells you how to register for the Sunday event. We hope to see you there. Also, please use the flier to help spread the word to those whom you believe will appreciate the occasion.

Fraternally,

Rich Koritz


Board Member, International Civil Rights Center & Museum
NC Exec. Board Member, National Association of Letter Carriers
Solidarity Representative, American Postal Workers Union


Nakia Hoskins
Executive Assistant
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 South Elm Street
(336) 274-9199 ext. 204
www.sitinmovement.org

 

The Importance of Labor Solidarity
 
     On August 7, the active membership of NALC overwhelmingly ratified the 2016-2019 National Agreement with USPS by more than a 16-to-1 margin. Of almost 84,000 votes cast, fewer than 5,000 voted to reject. The members clearly see the new contract as a positive accomplishment, especially in light of the difficult times that even the organized section of the U.S. working class faces these days.
    
     Certainly, much of the credit for this contract is due to the effective leadership of NALC President Fred Rolando and to the leadership team around him. No doubt, there will also be much self-congratulation in our ranks.
    
     One area of NALC weakness is the lack of education on the importance of labor solidarity. For example, let’s look at one big difference between this NALC contract and the one it replaces. Under that one, there was a record turnover of CCAs. In that round of postal negotiations, the APWU, the other large union in the USPS, led off, APWU negotiated a substandard contract, which its then-president sold to APWU members. The NALC leadership repeatedly spoke then about the difficult position this put our negotiators in.
    
     The APWU members, dissatisfied with that contract themselves, elected a new leadership led by Greensboro’s Mark Dimondstein. Again, in the current round of negotiations, the APWU led off. But this time, the APWU contract served as a source of strength for NALC. President Rolando has spoken well of President Dimondstein’s strong solidarity with six-day delivery and his initiative to bring the four postal unions into cooperation.
    
     Dealing honestly and modestly with the successful outcome of both APWU and NALC contract efforts is a good way to bring home the importance of solidarity to every NALC member.
    
     In our unity lies our strength.