Welcome to the first installment in a new SHARE blogging experiment: Five Tidbit Friday, five observations about SHARE members and our community, and about the broader world of healthcare, personal health, higher education, labor, workplace issues, etc. Here’s five things we note this week:
- The UMass Medical Farmers’ Market has gotten really good, with lots of fresh and local food right on the quad. It’s happening every Tuesday from 1-5 pm through October.
- Happy birthday to the 19th Amendment! This week marks the 95th anniversary of the women's right to vote. (Bonus: an interesting look at the role that the bicycle played in women's rights before the amendment's passage.)
- In response to efforts by Northwestern University football players to organize into a union, the National Labor Relations Board this week "held that asserting jurisdiction in this case would not effectuate the policies of the NLRA to promote stability in labor relations," thereby halting the landmark organizing effort by student athletes.
- Meanwhile, Gallup reports Americans increasingly approve of unions: 6-in-10 now favor.
- And, Labor Day is coming. One particularly fitting way to spend the day would be at the Bread & Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence. The festival’s mission is "to recognize, commemorate, inform, and share the labor history and social justice legacy of Lawrence's 1912 Bread & Roses strike with Lawrence's present day residents and people worldwide."
See you here next Friday . . .