From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject Emergency action today for fired Union Kitchen worker
Date April 7, 2023 9:47 AM
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Emergency action today for fired Union Kitchen worker

Two from AFGE: Largest membership increase in almost seven years; TA at VA

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Emergency action for fired Union Kitchen worker: Fri, April 7, 2pm - 3pm
Union Kitchen, 1251 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA ([link removed] map)

On this week's [link removed] Your Rights At Work: AFSCME's I AM STORY podcast, and an interview with one of the podcast production team.

Emergency action today for fired Union Kitchen worker

On Wednesday, April 5, Union Kitchen fired Carlos Hernandez, a publicly pro-union worker at the company's 9th St location. "This comes less than two months after Union Kitchen agreed to pay nearly $25,000 to five workers who were previously fired or disciplined for union activity," reports UFCW 400's Jonathan Williams. Workers and UFCW Local 400 are urging supporters to join them this afternoon at 2pm at the 9th St store (see Calendar for details) to demand the immediate reinstatement of Carlos Hernandez.


Two from AFGE: Largest membership increase in almost seven years; TA at VA

AFGE Nets Largest Membership Increase in Almost Seven Years: AFGE ended the month of March with a net gain of 1,446, the highest net gain since June 2016. AFGE's membership in March stood at 284,495, the highest total since September 2021. In just the past month, AFGE added 5,652 new members - far surpassing our goal of recruiting at least 3,500 members a month. Factoring in members who retired, changed jobs, or otherwise left the union in March, AFGE ended the month with a net gain of 1,446. [link removed] Read more here.


Tentative Agreement with Veterans Affairs Department: The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing more than 291,000 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached a tentative agreement (TA) yesterday that modernizes VA hiring procedures and rolls over the remainder of the union's 2011 master collective bargaining agreement for the next three years. [link removed] Read more here.


Labor Quote: John Sweeney
"In many cities, the janitors' cause became a civil rights movement -- and a cultural crusade."

Sweeney was the former president of SEIU (1980-1995; he went on to lead the AFL-CIO from 1995-2009); on this date in 2000, 15,000 union janitors struck in Los Angeles.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] The 1922-23 Windber Coal Strike. Last week's show: [link removed] Erasing Virginia's labor history.

April 7

Some 300,000 members of the National Federation of Telephone Workers, soon to become CWA, strike AT&T and the Bell System. Within five weeks all but two of the 39 federation unions had won new contracts - 1947

April 8
President Harry S Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize the nation's steel mills to avert a strike. The Supreme Court ruled the act illegal three weeks later - 1952

April 9

IWW organizes the 1,700 member crew of the Leviathan, then the world's largest vessel - 1930

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