“The Bread and Roses strike of 1911-1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts united over 20,000 workers to win wage increases, overtime rates, and a promise of no retaliation against strikers despite a history of ethnic tensions amongst a group that spoke over 25 languages, attacks by the national guard and state police, and attempts to frame organizers for murder. The phrase “Bread and Roses” comes from reports of striking workers carrying signs stating “We want bread and roses, too” – a demand not merely for wages, but for respect and dignity as well.
Local 2322’s Bread and Roses Awards are bestowed upon those members who exemplify the spirit of the Bread and Roses strikers by providing outstanding service to their union brothers and sisters by furthering the goals of the union in the workplace and in the community. Any member can nominate another member for this award. Successful recipients will be presented with their awards at the UAW 2322 Holiday Party/Membership Meeting on December 10 at 6PM at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton MA.
To nominate someone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of why the member deserves recognition by November 30, 2012.”