Anti-racist solidarity: Kenosha’s labor history

first_imgSince the near-lynching of Jacob Blake by police, the city of Kenosha, Wis., population 100,000, has become a focus of the Black Lives Matter upsurge. Up to that point, Kenosha was just a dot on the map to most people. However, the city’s United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 72 played a pivotal role in labor history and had a decades-long record of fighting racism.Rev. Jesse Jackson at rally in Kenosha to stop closing of Chrysler Assembly Plant, 1988.Automobile manufacturing in Kenosha began in 1902, when Thomas Jeffrey converted a bicycle factory to a car assembly plant. In 1916, the plant was acquired by Nash Motors, whose president, Thomas Nash, subjected workers to long hours, low pay and brutal conditions. When Nash imposed a piecework system in November of 1933, during the depths of the Depression, 100 workers staged a sit-down strike. Nash then locked out all 3,000 workers in the plant — but after a week on the picket line, the workers won recognition as a local of the American Federation of Labor.After a second successful strike in 1934 to win higher wages and a seniority system, Nash workers flocked into the union. With membership close to 100%, Nash’s Lafayette became the country’s first union-made car.After the founding of the UAW in 1935, the Nash union was chartered as Local 72. Its delegates “demanded elected leaders and submitted an 11-point resolution to the Convention that called for a single union organizing all auto industry workers ‘regardless of kind of work, race, creed or color.’” (uawlocal72.org) As early as the 1940s, with many Black workers in the plant, the local established a Fair Practices Committee. By 1947, Local 72 secured contract language prohibiting race discrimination.Mergers, megamergers and plant closingsIn 1936, Nash merged with Kelvinator to form Nash-Kelvinator, which in turn merged with Hudson in 1954 to form the American Motors Corporation (AMC). Local 72 in Kenosha remained a militant thorn in the side of management and solidarized itself with the emerging Civil Rights movement. The local actively opposed school segregation and racism in Woolworth’s stores in the South and sent members to the region in 1965 to support voting rights. Around that time, Local 72 was the largest local in the UAW, with 14,300 working at the assembly plant and other nearby AMC plants. When Chrysler bought out AMC in 1987, there were still over 8,000 workers at Kenosha Assembly. CEO Lee Iacocca initially promised to keep the plant open at least five years, but in 1988 he reversed course and announced the plant would be closing. Speakers at labor-community rallies to stop the closing included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, then seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Local 72 endorsed Jackson, drawing the ire of the UAW’s International Executive Board, which had endorsed Michael Dukakis in advance of the party’s convention.After Chrysler closed Kenosha Assembly in 1989, Local 72 continued to represent Kenosha Engine, which was adding more production lines. President Rudy Kuzel supported the election of an out gay man for steward and in the 1990s backed the campaign to win contract language banning discrimination for sexual orientation — which the UAW finally won at the Big Three automakers in 1999.In 2009, Chrysler declared bankruptcy and announced the closing of six plants, including Kenosha Engine, one of the last former AMC plants still in operation. In 2010 the company, now owned by Fiat, closed the plant, ending over a century of auto industry presence in Kenosha. Plant closings are devastating, not only to workers and their families, but to the cities and counties that surround them. The bosses at Chrysler — now FCA — have yet to be brought to justice for their crimes against numerous communities including Kenosha. In this climate of impunity for the bosses and the well-to-do, Jacob Blake, a Black person who had committed no crime, was shot in the back seven times by a cop and then handcuffed to his hospital bed.The ensuing wave of protests has shown, however, that the militant, anti-racist tradition of UAW Local 72 is alive and well in the streets of Kenosha today. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Jenkins ponders change of approach

first_imgSwansea chairman Huw Jenkins has questioned whether the club can continue to compete at the top level in its current condition. The Welsh club, who are currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League, are understood to have opened talks about possible overseas investment. Press Association Sport understands Swansea have spoken to American businessman John Jay Moores, the former owner of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball franchise, about future investment which could see the 70-year-old taking a stake in the club as well as opening up commercial revenue streams in the United States. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, writing in Sunday’s edition of the club’s matchday programme ‘Jack Magazine’ for the visit of Arsenal, has spoken about the issue for the first time and, while addressing fundamental issues the board see as necessary to take the club forward, has said there is no guarantee that any investment will be approved. “There has been a lot of talk recently about potential new investment coming into the club,” Jenkins said in an extract from the article published on the club’s official website. “This needs to be considered in more detail before any of our supporters can decide if the thought of a new person or people sitting on our current Board of Directors to offer help and opinions on the future running of our football club is a good move or not. “Whatever happens in the future, there are a number of clear questions that need to be asked: “1. Will the current Board of Directors continue as they are forever? “2. Can Swansea City operate in the same way for the next 10 years or so as it has in the past? “3. Will standing still and protecting what we already have be enough for us to compete in the future? “Although I cannot promise or predict the future, I can guarantee one thing – the current Board of Directors will always fight, as we have done over the last 12 years, to work together as one with the Supporters Trust to make 100 per cent sure that Swansea City Football Club remains the number one priority in all our thoughts and in every decision we make.” Swansea are the only Premier League club who have a supporter on the Board and the Supporters’ Trust owns more than 21 per cent of a club which a decade ago had to fight liquidation and was almost relegated from the Football League on the final day of the season. The Supporters’ Trust have told the club they will not back a buy-out of shares and urged shareholders not to sell to American investors. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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El Clasico Live on GOtv Max on Saturday

first_imgSpanish aristocrats, Real Madrid, will on Saturday host their eternal rivals, Barcelona, at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 178th El Clasico. The famous rivalry between the two teams, which takes centre stage in Round 26 of the 2018/19 La Liga season, will be broadcast live and exclusive to GOtv MAX subscribers on SuperSport Select 4 (channel 34) at 8:45 pm.This would be the second LaLiga clash between the two rivals this season following the 5-1 win for Barcelona in October.Barcelona, the defending champions and current league leaders, will be buoyed by their 4-2 victory away at Sevilla last week. The Los Blaugrana, who are seeking their 18th win of the season, will be led into battle by captain Lionel Messi, who currently tops the LaLiga goal chart with 25 goals. But Real Madrid cannot be dismissed as no-hopers despite their patchy form this season. The Los Blancos, currently third on the log, trail Barcelona by a massive 12 points. Santiago Solari’s men will be encouraged by their hard-fought 2-1 win against Levante last Sunday and will need no other motivation to halt, even temporarily, their rival’s progress.They will rely on their talented strike force of Karim Benzema, Vinícius Jnr. and the resurgent Gareth Bale to deliver the much-needed goals. Form, however, rarely matters in the El Clasico, as it is a game traditionally runs on passion and near-tribal rivalry.Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, explained that the broadcast of the high-profile match to GOtv MAX subscribers is a way of giving football fans access to the best Spanish football live.“Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most famous teams in Spain and have huge following in Nigeria. Being the home of La Liga, we are delighted to bring to our subscribers the El Clasico on GOtv MAX,” he said.Mabutho urged GOtv subscribers, especially those on GOtv Plus, Value and Lite packages, to take advantage of the “Top Up” campaign and upgrade to GOtv MAX by paying a reduced fee of N2, 500 in order to have access to the game and other exciting programmes.This weekend’s LaLiga matches will kick off with the clash between Rayo Vallecano and Girona on Friday at 9 pm. The match will air live on SuperSport Select 4.Saturday’s games include: Espanyol versus Valladolid (showing at 1 pm on SuperSport Select 2 and 4); Villarreal versus Alaves (showing at 4:15 pm on SuperSport Select 4); Huesca versus Sevilla (showing at 6:30 pm on SuperSport Select 4).Games to be broadcast on Sunday are Eibar versus Celta Vigo (showing at 12 noon on SuperSport Select 2 and 4); Real Betis versus Getafe (showing at 4:15 pm on SuperSport Select 4); Real Sociedad versus Atletico Madrid (showing at 6:30 pm on SuperSport Select 4); and Valencia versus Athletic Bilbao (showing at 8:45 pm on SuperSport Select 4)Week 26 matches will be rounded off on Monday when Leganes take on Levante (showing at 9 pm on SuperSport Select 4).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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2015 World Cup Finals on TV!

first_imgRelive the 2015 Touch World Cup Open’s finals on Channel Nine and GEM! The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals, featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast from Sunday, 31 May with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday afternoon NRL timeslot (NSW and NT). In Queensland, the games will be broadcast earlier on Channel Nine’s GEM channel. Full times and dates of the broadcast can be found below. The Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport. Australia continued its domination of the Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title, including wins in each of the three Open’s divisions. Don’t miss the 2015 Touch World Cup finals at the following times:New South Wales/ACT (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:30pm followed by Titans v BulldogsQueensland (GEM)  Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 9.30am Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 10.00am Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 10.00amNorthern Territory (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:00pm followed by Dragons v SharksWomen’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:00pm followed by Sharks v RoostersMen’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:00pm followed by Titans v BulldogsTo watch highlights from the 2015 Touch World Cup, please visit the TWC YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/2015touchworldcup. Related LinksWorld Cup on TV!last_img read more

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