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Today’s guests: Pat Moran, AFSCME Maryland; Donna Edwards, Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO
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Beds, not cells, says AFSCME Maryland
Fight for $15 back on in MontCo
Labor Quote of the DayMother Jones
Today’s Labor History: NFL players’ first walkout; Frontier Hotel-Casino unions begin longest successful hotel strike 

Beds, not cells, says AFSCME Maryland: In a victory for patients and staff at Maryland’s correctional institutions, the Maryland Department of Health announced yesterday that it will add 40 beds at mental health facilities to treat patients wrongfully held in jails. The move came after AFSCME Maryland held a news conference Tuesday morning condemning Governor Larry Hogan for a shortage of beds for mentally ill patients. “The reality is there are people languishing in prison who should not be in prison because they have mental health issues. They clearly need to be in state facilities,” said AFSCME Maryland president Patrick Moran. “The fight isn’t over yet,” said Moran. “We will continue to pressure Gov. Hogan and the health department to fill vacancies in these facilities, ensuring there are enough workers on staff to care for mental health patients.” Commuters passing the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center Monday night got a sneak preview of the issue when the union projected their message on the jail.
photo courtesy AFSCME Maryland Facebook page

Fight for $15 back on in MontCo: Unions and community groups see a path to victory for a $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County, after a bill was re-introduced in the County Council earlier this summer. A public hearing will be held next week, at which members of the community, including workers organized with UFCW 1994 and SEIU 32BJ, will provide testimony about working without a living wage. “The minimum wage in MoCo sits at $11.50 with no planned increases, unless the County Council passes a bill,” says Laura Wallace of Jews United for Justice. “That urgency, together with the political dynamics around the 2018 elections, has created a path to victory.” The hearing is scheduled for September 26th at 7:30 pm; RSVP here.

Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones
“If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!”

Today’s Labor History
Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike – 1896
Mother Jones leads a march of miners’ children through the streets of Charleston, W. Va. – 1912
(Changing Roles, Changing Lives: Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution: During the Industrial Revolution, workers were forced to endure dangerous working conditions for miserable wages. Among those who courageously spoke out against this poor treatment were some remarkable women, including Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and Sarah G. Bagley, whose stories are told here for young readers.) 
National Football League Players Association members begin what is to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever – 1982

Members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas begin what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions – 1991

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