From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject World Bank cafeteria workers picket today
Date April 12, 2023 9:47 AM
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World Bank cafeteria workers picket today

Workers at Solid State Books unionize

ACLU DC workers organize

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Rally to Support Compass Workers at the World Bank: Wed, April 12, 4pm - 5pm
18th Street & H St. NW, Washington, DC ([link removed] map)

DC Chapter of Pride at Work Happy Hour: Wed, April 12, 6pm - 8pm
P.J. Clarke's DC, 1600 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA ([link removed] map)

Rally for Fair Pay with Fairfax County employees of SEIU: Wed, April 12, 6pm - 7pm

12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 ([link removed] map)

Worker Organizing, Repression & Trade Policy in the Philippines: Wed, April 12, 7pm - 8pm

Livestream; [link removed] RSVP HERE

Alexandria Dems Labor Caucus: Wed, April 12, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting for union members and friends of labor in Alexandria.

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World Bank cafeteria workers picket today

Workers at the Compass-operated cafeteria at the World Bank will picket this afternoon at 4p (see Calendar). The workers, members of UNITE HERE 23, are in negotiations for new union contracts that keep up with the cost of living. Last week Local 23 released the results of a survey that detailed the ways workers struggle to afford necessities like food and housing. "Compass cafeteria workers feed some of the most prestigious and influential institutions in our nation's Capital," said UNITE HERE President D. Taylor, "yet they're struggling to pay their bills. Compass is the largest food service contractor in the US. Food service workers have been really whacked by inflation, but workers are in a position of power right now to advocate for change. We plan to fight hard to turn these jobs, and all hospitality jobs, into jobs you can live on in DC." [link removed] Read more here.

Workers at Solid State Books unionize

The staff of Solid State Books have unionized with UFCW Local 400, the union [link removed] announced yesterday. The owners of the store -- located at 600 H Street NE -- have signed an agreement to voluntarily recognize the union, making Solid State Books the second bookstore in the District of Columbia to unionize after booksellers and baristas at Politics and Prose organized and ratified a contract last year. The workers organizing committee thanked "our customers, community allies and fellow union members for your outpouring of support. We look forward to negotiating our first contract collectively and making Solid State the best workplace it can be. Solidarity forever!"

ACLU DC workers organize

Saying that "ACLU D.C. prioritizes justice, equity, and inclusion in its work and, as the workers of this organization, we believe it should maintain those priorities in its self-governance," workers at ACTU D.C. on Monday told management they had organized with the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild. Read more [link removed] @ACLUDCunion

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Labor Quote: Florence Reece

Come all you poor workers
Good news to you, I'll tell
How the good old union
Has come in here to dwell
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

Born on this date in 1900, Reece is the author of the famous labor song "Which Side Are You On?"

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Tom Breiding's songs of struggle. Last week's show: [link removed] The 1922-23 Windber Coal Strike.

A group of "puddlers" -- craftsmen who manipulated pig iron to create steel -- met in a Pitsburgh bar and formed The Iron City Forge of the Sons of Vulcan. It was the strongest union in the U.S. in the 1870s, later merging with two other unions to form what was to be the forerunner of the United Steel Workers - 1858

The Union Label and Service Trades Department is founded by the American Federation of Labor. Its mission: promote the products and services of union members - 1909

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