September 27, 2018
Int’n’l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 6th District Progress Meeting
October 2, 2018
Sheet Metal Workers Local 66
October 6, 2018
October 12, 2018
Iron Workers Day at Women Build Our Nation National Meeting
October 18, 2018
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 290
December 5, 2018
Plumbers and Pipefitters Union 342
2019 [TBD] – Ironworkers Local 14 (Spokane WA); Local 27 (Salt Lake City UT); Local 29 (Portland OR); Local 86 (Seattle WA)
January 17-19, 2019
Electrical Workers Minority Caucus National Conference
January 29-30, 2019
San Jose CA
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 393
Sheet Metal Workers Local 55
March 23, 2019
Western NY Area Labor Federation Annual Meeting
Tri Cities WA
Sheet Metal Workers Local 55
May 15, 2019
California Pipe Trades Council Convention
New workshop: “Fighting for Our Democracy and Our Future in the Age of Trump”
I launched this new interactive workshop to inspire and help union activists and community members be more effective in fighting forward against the Trump regime, its allies and Corporate America. This video version is titled: “Fighting for Our Unions, Our Democracy and Our Future.” It is critical that we understand that our ancestors faced the “divide and conquer” strategies of Corporate America and its allies. These strategies were based on racism, sexism, anti-immigrant hatred and other forms of bigotry and are being used once again to divide working people and our nation. Learning from our ancestors’ successes and failures is critical in our efforts to fight forward toward a better future for all of us. Click here to view Powerpoint presentation.
“Your inspirational message to our delegates was educational and thought provoking.” – Lonnie Stephenson, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
“Your presentation was impressive. We will be in touch.” – Richard Lanigan, International President, Office of Professional Employees International Union
“Mark presented at our National Electrical Workers Minority Caucus’ 28th Annual Leadership Conference in Detroit. His presentation was riveting as he held the delegates’ attention throughout. Mark’s workshops were overflowing and delegates overwhelmingly requested he be invited back. Thank you.” – Keith Edwards, National President, EWMC, Detroit MI
“Your presentation was indeed AWESOME! You were personally inspiring. I hope we can bring you back to speak to a larger audience. In Unity.” – Vonda McDaniel, President, Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and Executive Council Member of the national AFL-CIO.
Making the American Dream Real for Everyone
This video is my 2018 speech in Seattle at the Cement Masons Local 528’s Orientation Day for new apprentices and union members. The topic was “Making the American Dream Real for Everyone.” Its tells an updated 125-year history of working people’s fight to build our labor movement and the American Dream. It provides inspiration and valuable lessons about our successes and failures and what we can learn from our history to help us fight forward toward a better future for all. It is an updated version of the 2013 IBEW video seen below. Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation.This video is my speech at IBEW’s National Membership Development meeting in Las Vegas in 2013. Click here to view that Powerpoint presentation.
Video: “Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone” @ WA State Labor Council Convention
Check out my speech on the nationwide campaign to defend and expand retirement security, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid:
These great programs, which benefit hundreds of millions of Americans, are under relentless attacks by the Trump regime and their Republican and corporate allies. I work with a great organization, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) which is leading this fight in Washington state. Check out our website, PSARA.ORG, and join the organization. It is only $20 and you get a great monthly newsletter. Please donate more.
If you are a member of an organization that would like a presentation or workshop on this important issue, please reach out to me or our organizer, Mike Andrew, at email@example.com or (206) 261-8110.
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In the news: “Labor’s future in the age of Trump”
At union conventions, apprenticeship classes, and public forums, McDermott delivers a message: Working people need to understand and learn from history, both the good and the bad, if they want to rebuild the labor movement and take the country back.
Newsletter #3 Published
My third newsletter is a compilation of analysis and tactical solutions to aid in our struggle in strengthening democracy and building a more just, equitable and sustainable world. My central argument is that the Trump regime with Republicans would escalate their years-long efforts to suppress voting to steal future elections. Check it out and subscribe now!
The theft of the next election is already under way
If you care about the right of the people to fairly choose our elected officials, you should be paying close attention to these systematic efforts: The theft of the next election is under way.
The Democratic Party is losing the working class
Understanding why is the key to rebuilding a populist progressive movement. This was published recently in the The Stand, The Democratic Party is losing the working class