Now celebrated annually as “Women’s Day Off,” the holiday remembers the 25,000 women (more than one-tenth of the entire population at the time) who on Oct. 24, 1975 gathered in the capital of
Reykjavik to protest economic inequality for women, from unequal pay in the workplace to women’s uncompensated housework and child care at home. The protest created long-term changes in Iceland’s society — so the question is, could it work in America today?
Today in labor history, March 12, 1912: The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)-led “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children ends after ten weeks when the American Woolen Company accedes to the workers’ demands. Soon, the rest of the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile companies followed suit and wages were raised for textile workers throughout New England.
After years of lobbying Kaiser Permanente to hire more mental health clinicians to meet growing patient demand, thousands of mental health employees in California will take their fight to the streets during a strike scheduled to kick off next week.
Nearly 2,600 psychologists, therapists, and social workers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) will picket at 35 locations across the Golden State. Joining them will be 700 members represented by NUHW who don’t work in mental health. Union representatives announced their plans in a letter to Kaiser on New Year’s Eve.
“We feel that we’re overall helping patients and helping these issues by striking,” Jim Clifford, a Kaiser therapist and NUHW member, told ModernHealthcare.com.
"It’s great when you are randomly matched with a gifted strike team, especially when you all slug it out and finally reach the end. But the icing on the cake for me is when I starting dancing to celebrate, and they join in, nothing better. That’s a Friend request right there."