This year, 2014, is the 20th Anniversary of Laborfest, which commemorates the 1934 San Francisco General Strike that made San Francisco a union town, 80 years ago, and it is the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado, which will be discussed on July 6 at Bird & Beckett Bookstore. The 1934 San Francisco, Minneapolis and Toledo strikes made possible the 1935 Social Security Act providing for old age pensions, unemployment compensation, and many other benefits and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act granting the right to organize labor unions.
The opening event of Laborfest on July 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. is:
Share BREAD AND ROSES with Retired Union Members
Come to an open regular meeting of FORUM (Federation of Retired Union Members) an organization of retirees affiliated with the San Francisco Labor Council. Retirees come from a spectrum of unions from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. FORUM supports alliances between working people and retired people to preserve and improve health care, Social Security and pension & retirement benefits. The July program will briefly highlight the members’ current activities, focusing on personal recollections of the 1934 General Strike and other significant labor actions. Anyone with stories to share is especially welcomed to come and share their memories. Refreshments will be served.
For more about Laborfest, see http://www.laborfest.net/aboutLF.htm
Also see: http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm