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LaborFest 2019: Workers Building San Francisco & the Salesforce Skyscraper | SF
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LaborFest is an annual festival celebrating the history and culture of working people through film, art, lectures, and exhibits all over the Bay Area from July 2-31, 2019.
This year’s theme, Labor on the edge: Dystopia or a future for workers.
LaborFest this year celebrates the 85th anniversary of the San Francisco General Strike. The 1934 General Strike transformed San Francisco and the Bay Area into a strong union center in the United States. It also allowed hundreds of thousands of workers to join unions because of the collective power of the working people.
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Today, for the first time in decades, some union leaders, including the CWA AFA president Sarah Nelson, are calling for another general strike against the attacks on Federal workers and the entire working class.
This has also become the year of the teacher. Working people are on the move. For the first time in US history, hundreds of thousands of teachers, including in Oakland and Los Angeles, have been in the streets fighting for their rights and their students for a decent public education.
Working people are also organizing in San Francisco, including Anchor Steam workers, healthcare workers, and the VCA veterinarian workers. The need for unions is greater than ever, and despite efforts to stop workers from organizing, workers continue to join unions.
Joseph Blum is one of the leading national photographers of building trades workers and their talent and skills. Over decades, he has covered the building of the Eastern span of the SF Bay Bridge, and his latest work is the construction of the Salesforce skyscraper. These workers are on top of the world and their training and union power keeps them safe as they do their job.
He will present a slide show and there will be a discussion about the work that these workers do.
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