Labor Advocate Online
KC Labor Newsletter
Week In Review, April 9, 2005
by Bill Onasch, webmaster, kclabor.org
Road Trip Recharged Batteries
We missed doing last week’s review column, and a few days of updating the Daily Labor News Digest, because we were on the road. I was invited to observe the founding convention of Youth for Socialist Action (YSA), held in Minneapolis. I’m glad I was able to make it.
Largely based in the Upper Midwest, this serious group of college and high school students, and young workers, mostly from working class or family farm backgrounds, came together to address the war, the environmental crisis, sexism, racism, and the other great questions not being answered by the boss parties.
It was refreshing and inspiring to again see young people beginning to mobilize around working class principles. Our unions–and the Labor Party–need to do much more to reach out to such youth who represent our future. We wish the YSA all the best.
KC Conference Getting Wide Response
Activists from California, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois have confirmed they will be attending The Future Of American Labor conference in Kansas City April 22-23. If you haven’t yet registered please do so now to assist the planners in their preparations.
Nurses Union Brings Six Credit Continuing
Education to KC
The National Nurses Organizing Committee, an arm of the California Nurses Association, has been presenting a CE class on Collective Patient Advocacy: Strategies to Promote a Single Standard for Safe Patient Care in cities around the country. They’re coming to Kansas City April 15. CNA, an early Labor Party affiliate, led the fight to obtain California’s exemplary nurse/patient ratio law–and have been fighting even harder to defend it from attacks by Governor Terminator. They are also, of course, interested in organizing nurses everywhere.
Community health care clinics and emergency paramedic services, facing elimination as a result of budget shifts by City Hall, were saved from extinction only by voter approval of a dedicated 22-cent levy on Kansas City property taxes.
A new state worker comp law going in to effect in August will eliminate repetitive motion and most other incremental injury and disease claims.
My home state now qualifies for prime poster child for theJust Health Care campaign.
That’s all for this week.