Vietnam Vets Demand End to Iraqi War and Decent Benefits for all Vets
With Barry Romo, National Coordinator, Vietnam Veterans Against the War
This Memorial Day program the Vietnam Veterans Against the War staged a Demonstration Demanding and End to This War and decent benefits for all Vets in
Chicago . They are forging links between Vietnam and Iraqi War soldiers and veterans in opposition to the Iraqi War. We know about the mounting fatalities from this war but there are also mounting injuries from the current War. Yet, the Bush Administration is
continuing its cutbacks of Veterans health benefits including Veterans’ Hospitals.
NO MORE TALK, IT’S TIME TO WALK
DAY CARE VOTES TO STRIKE
With Raglan George, Executive Director, DC 1707, AFSCME
District Council 1707, AFSCME representing 7,000 publicly funded day care workers
will strike beginning June 9th . Without a raise for 4 years and with 4 years of inflation the income of day care workers has shrunk. Their contract should have been settled years ago. The workers, who earn thousands of dollars less than their counterparts in the Dept of Education, were first denied a contract by Grinch Guilliani who expropriated millions in
Federal grants intended for Day Care Funding. NYC continues to get increasing amounts of federal grants for day care, but Bloomberg is carrying out the Guilliani tradition so the workers have not seen any increases for since December 2000.
The Day Care workers, members of Local 205, DC 1707, AFSCME, are the only public-funded workers that did not get the 4%/year increase from the year 2000 round of contract negotiations. Most of them are African American, Latina and Asian women that are earning on the average less than ,000 a year despite the vital work they are doing – providing
safe, nurturing care and early childhood education for over 60,000 young children whose parents have to be away at work or at school during the day.