Rosies Corner

Welcome to Rosie’s Corner, a space dedicated to union women!
Women are now the majority in our local union, composing 56 percent of our membership. In recognition, each issue of our magazine will include information about women’s issues on this dedicated page.
Subjects will include working moms, the wage gap, child care issues, women’s health and domestic violence, among other topics, as well as easy recipes and fun features.
Rosie’s Corner is a collaboration by women from different demo­graphics. Remember, this is our space and we encourage you to participate.
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Safety in the hot days of summer around the corner.


Here are a few safety tips to follow when you’re at the beach or pool, or with your kids in the car.

Children and pool safety

• Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.

• Teach children how to swim. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water when deciding when they are ready for swim lessons.

• Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills:

- Step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface.

- Float or tread water for one minute.

- Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.

- Swim 25 yards to exit the water.

- If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

• Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

• Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.

Stay hydrated.

We all need to be mindful of keeping ourselves, the elderly, children and pets well hydrated in the hot weather. Pets and kids in the car.

Never leave children or pets in the car — not even for just a minute and not even when the windows are down. Just a few minutes left in a car can be extremely dangerous — even fatal — for a small child or pet.

On a day that is just 72 degrees, the temperature in a car can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes. If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately! If the child appears to be in distress due to heat, get him or her out as soon as possible.

Don’t let your children play in your car, make sure the car’s doors and trunk are locked when you're not using it, and keep the keys out of kids’ reach.


Fun facts about summer

• In the United States, more than 650 million long- distance summer trips are made.

• The top five most popular summer destinations in the U.S. are: 1. beach/ocean (45%), 2. a famous city (42%), 3. a national park (21%), 4. a lake (17%), and 5. a resort (14%).

• The top five most popular summer vacation activities in the United States are 1. shopping (54%), 2. visiting historical sites (49%), 3. swimming/water sports (49%), 4. going to a park or national park (46%), and 5. sightseeing tours (46%).

• This year, the first day of summer is June 21 and the last day of summer is Sept. 22.


Have a great, safe summer!

Searching for Rosie the Riveter

One of the most enduring icons of the Labor Movement and feminism is the World War II poster of a woman displaying a flexed bicep and wearing a red polka-dot bandana and blue coveralls, with the words “We Can Do It!” in a word balloon above her head.

Rosie the Riveter, as she is commonly called, continues as a symbol of inspiration and strength.

While the background of another version of Rosie painted by Norman Rockwell is well known, the story behind the “We Can Do It!” Rosie was a mystery for decades.


Origins of Rosie


The exact inspiration for “We Can Do It!” Rosie the Riveter isn’t known for sure, but it is commonly believed J. Howard Miller, the artist who painted her, drew his inspiration from a 1942 photograph from the United Press International wire service.

He was commissioned by the Westinghouse Company’s Production Coordinating Committee to design a series of posters to improve worker morale during World War II.

Miller painted several posters that hung at Westinghouse’s factories for two weeks at a time. The “We Can Do it!” poster was part of the series, but after it was removed from the walls it was hidden in storage for nearly 40 years.

The image resurfaced in the early 1980s when it was reproduced in a Washington Post Magazine article about posters in the collection of the National Archives.

The poster was a hit and it was soon reproduced on T-shirts, magazines and a first-class mail stamp. 


Mistaken identity


In 1994, a woman named Geraldine Hoff Doyle saw the poster in the Smithsonian magazine and said she might have been the inspiration for Rosie.

She was a metal presser for two weeks at a factory in Ann Arbor, Mich. when she was photographed in 1942 by United Press International. She quit because she feared a hand injury would ruin her career as a cellist.

For nearly 30 years, Doyle was credited as the “real” Rosie. When she died in 2010, she was memorialized by The New York Times and other news media around the world as the poster’s inspiration.

But James Kimble, an associate professor of communications at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, had doubts. Over the course of five years he researched Rosie and discovered a version of the photograph Miller supposedly used for his inspiration with a yellowed caption

“Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating,” it said.

The caption also stated that women at the factory wore “safety clothes instead of feminine frills” and concluded: “And the girls don't mind — they're doing their part. Glamour is secondary these days.”


The search for Naomi Parker


Kimble discovered Parker was born in Oklahoma in 1921 and moved to Alameda, Calif. where in 1942 she worked at a Naval Air Station alongside her younger sister, Ada. It was there she was photographed by the ACME Photo Agency leaning over machinery.

Shortly after her picture appeared in the Oakland Post-Enquirer, she cut the picture out and kept it for 70 years.

In 2015, Kimble assumed Parker was dead and tried to track down her relatives through a genealogical society. The society informed him they couldn’t help because she was still alive, so he then set to find her.

He finally did in 2016 after learning she was still living in Alameda. She had married in the late 1970s and was going by the name Naomi Parker Fraley.

She told Kimble that in 2011 she realized she was the inspiration for the poster when she attended a reunion event for female wartime workers. She saw the poster next to the photograph of her, but it was captioned with Geraldine Doyle’s name.

Parker Fraley tried to convince as many people as she could that it was her in the photograph, but no one seemed to listen.

Kimble published his findings in the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs and gave Parker Fraley the credit she deserved.

Naomi Parker Fraley died in Longview, Wash., on Jan. 20, 2018, at the age of 96.