Writely So 365

04/02/2009

Charles Hayes

charles-hayesAlways the leader, Charles Hayes first displayed his true calling while working as a machine operator in Cairo, Illinois. Appalled by the working conditions and the meager salaries, Hayes helped to organize the United Packinghouse Workers of America. Later, this organization became prominent in union reform for women and minorities.

In 1983, Hayes was invited to perform his most challenging role yet as a member of the House of Representatives, a seat previously occupied by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. During his career in Congress, Hayes made significant changes. He authored and introduced the School Improvement Act of 1987, which was later passed by the House. This act allocated millions of dollars to public schools across the country, allowing them to purchase much-needed textbooks, computers and supplies. He also introduced the Economic Bill of Rights, which outlined a plan for the equal distribution of national wealth.

The influential congressman was also one of the founding members of Operation PUSH with Jesse Jackson. At Hayes’ funeral, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. called Hayes a forerunner, groundbreaker and pathfinder. Never losing sight of his original role as advocate for the workers, Hayes was a very active member in the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Small Business Committee until the time of his death in 1997.

Courtsey of The History Makers

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  1. […] Never losing sight of his original role as advocate for the workers, Hayes was a very active member in the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Small Business Committee until the time of his death in 1997. …Next Page […]

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