To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself

Allen Kaplan spent years fighting for Federal workers and their rights. At different times he was the National Vice-President of District 7, the National Sectretary Treasurer of AFGE, and a longtime organizer. Allen Kaplan passed away March 31 at the Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL. I knew Al since the 1970’s, and learned much from him. I will be thinking about him and his family, and he will be missed by all of us in AFGE.

A memorial lunch will be held at Noon on Sunday May 24th at 2605 Bob-O-Link Lane in Northbrook, IL 60062. You can download a flier for the event here. You can RSVP at 847-275-5758.

Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Paul Kaplan
7540 Cinnabar Terrance
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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Dorothy James
National Vice President
AFGE District 7

Haymarket and May Day

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Solidarity | Web - (0 Comments)

maydaymapOn May 1, 1886, Chicago unionists, reformers, socialists, anarchists, and ordinary workers combined to make the city the center of the national movement for an eight-hour day. Between April 25 and May 4, workers attended scores of meetings and paraded through the streets at least 19 times. On Saturday, May 1, 35,000 workers walked off their jobs. Tens of thousands more, both skilled and unskilled, joined them on May 3 and 4. Crowds traveled from workplace to workplace urging fellow workers to strike. Many now adopted the radical demand of eight hours’ work for ten hours’ pay. Police clashed with strikers at least a dozen times, three with shootings.

At the McCormick reaper plant, a long-simmering strike erupted in violence on May 3, and police fired at strikers, killing at least two. Anarchists called a protest meeting at the West Randolph Street Haymarket, advertising it in inflammatory leaflets, one of which called for “Revenge!”

The crowd gathered on the evening of May 4 on Des Plaines Street, just north of Randolph, was peaceful, and Mayor Carter H. Harrison, who attended, instructed police not to disturb the meeting. But when one speaker urged the dwindling crowd to “throttle” the law, 176 officers under Inspector John Bonfield marched to the meeting and ordered it to disperse.

Then someone hurled a bomb at the police, killing one officer instantly. Police drew guns, firing wildly. Sixty officers were injured, and eight died; an undetermined number of the crowd were killed or wounded.