Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Workers Memorial Day April 25, 2013

Every year in late April, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It’s time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.
Please join the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation as we commemorate Workers Memorial Day with our annual dinner on Thursday April 25th, 6pm at the Machinist Hall – 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita. We will have a free catered dinner from Stroud’s Fried Chicken as we remember those Kansas Workers who lost their lives on the job and renew our commitment to fight for good, SAFE, jobs.
Download a high quality pdf version of the flyer to print here.

May 4 Rally at State Capitol in Topeka – Stand Up, Fight Back!

WHAT: Working Kansas Alliance rally
WHERE: State Capitol South Steps, 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612
WHEN: Saturday May 4, 3:30 p.m.
From AFT Kansas President Lisa Ochs:
The Kansas legislature will reconvene Wednesday, May 8 for the veto session. While this has been a brutal session for worker attacks, the veto session does not signal the end of attacks but rather the beginning of more to come.
To that end, the Working Kansas Alliance is sponsoring a rally Saturday, May 4 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the State Capitol South Steps, prior to the legislature’s return for the veto session. Because these attacks impact real people in all our communities, we’d like to have all of labor, community, and faith-based groups and their families to gather for this event.
This is our continuing effort to send a message to our Kansas legislature that labor and community are willing to stand up and fight back – now and as long as we must – to defend and preserve a fair and compassionate way of life.
To that end, we’re seeking volunteers for coordinating the rally because together, we really can do more!
May 4 Rally Flyer

Public Forum on the Brownback Tax Scam

Sam Brownback’s income tax cut plan will bankrupt the state while the tax burden will shift to property and sales taxes, hitting hardest those Kansans who can least afford it.  You are invited to attend a presentation by State Senator Tom Holland to learn how Brownback’s reckless tax policies will hurt Kansans. The event is 6-8 p.m….

NFB and Fair Wages

The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (H.R. 831) by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS).  Congressman Harper, along with eleven original co-sponsors, introduced the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013…

WHLF Endorsements

The Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation is pleased to offer our endorsements for Tuesday’s local election. The Executive Board and Delegates of our member unions feel the following candidates will best represent the interests of working families in Wichita. USD 259 Board of Education: District 2 – Scott Poor (Endorsed by United Teachers of Wichita) Wichita…

HB 2069: Brownback and Crossland’s Attempt to Suppress Wages in Kansas

The Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation is a proud member of the Working Kansas Alliance. Read the original article here. Crossland Construction Company, a major contributor to Governor Brownback and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, is currently pushing legislation in the Kansas Legislature to limit the wages of Kansas workers on construction projects funded with taxpayer dollars. The…

Labor Supports Marriage Equality

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on Marriage Equality May 9, 2012 Working people believe in equality and fairness and that’s why we are happy to stand with millions of Americans and with President Obama in supporting marriage equality. LGBT working people face numerous inequities in the workplace and in society as they struggle…

Expansion of Sunflower’s Worker Justice Center

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Prayers for Kim Bobo and Family

My dear husband, Stephen Coats, the long-time director of USLEAP, died in his sleep on Tuesday.  He has had no medical problems, so my sons and I are in a bit of shock right now.   

Here’s the information about the visitation and services.

Friday, April 5, 2013
Visitation 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
                Drake & Son Funeral Home
                5303 N Western Avenue
                Chicago, IL    60625
Saturday, April 6, 2013 
Visitation   10 a.m. to 11 a.m.    
Funeral Service   11 a.m. to noon (or so)
Fellowship Time after service
                North Shore Baptist Church
                5244 N Lakewood Avenue
                Chicago, IL   60640

The family asks that if you want to do something in Stephen’s memory (in lieu of flowers), please consider making a contribution to one of the following ministries/organizations that were so important to him:

P.O. Box 268-290
Chicago, IL   60626
The mission of USLEAP was Stephen’s life’s work.

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
4750 N. Sheridan Road, #429
Chicago, IL   60640
Stephen had tremendous respect for this organization’s work in support of workers rights in Central America.

North Shore Baptist Church (put “for the Karen Missions” in the memo line)
5244 N. Lakewood Avenue
Chicago, IL   60640

Stephen was an active member of the church and involved in supporting the ministry with Karen refugees.  Stephen grew up in Thailand on the Burmese border where his parents ministered with Karen people.  

If you wish to send a card, you can send it to:

The Bobo/Coats Family
1723 W Chase Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Stephen was a wonderful man. I ask you to keep Stephen’s memory alive by supporting workers across the globe who seek to improve working conditions. 

May God bless you and our work together.

In Solidarity,

Kim Bobo