From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject MD labor celebrates win on union dues
Date April 14, 2023 9:47 AM
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MD labor celebrates win on union dues

Washington Teachers' Union rededicates Free Library to Elizabeth Davis

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MD labor celebrates win on union dues

One of labor's biggest wins in the just-ended Maryland General Assembly session was House Bill 2 ([link removed] Union Dues Subtraction), reports Maryland State & DC AFL-CIO President Donna Edwards. "This helps to put money back into our members' pockets. Union dues strengthen Maryland's economy. They're an investment in fighting economic inequality," Edwards told UC. "Maryland's labor movement has fought to restore this benefit for our members for years after Trump took it away. With our collective campaign, we were able to overcome the $250 cap and pass the bill with a few days to spare in the session." On the final Saturday before the end of session, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, with assistance from Senators Nancy King and Joanne Benson, removed a cap that would have limited union members to only deducting $250 of dues each year. Affiliates from across the state sent in emails and called legislators to help remove the cap and pass the bill. President Edwards added that "This is a victory for workers throughout Maryland and it wouldn't have been possible if we had not all worked together."

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Washington Teachers' Union rededicates Free Library to Elizabeth Davis

In the years before her [link removed] tragic death, Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) President Elizabeth Davis championed childhood literacy and educational equity, especially in her advocacy for funding that places at least one librarian in every District public school. That's why, in their unveiling of the WTU's recently refurbished free library, teachers' union members, District public school librarians and We Act Radio staff members celebrated the life and legacy of Davis, for whom they renamed the free library.

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Labor Quote: A. Philip Randolph
Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.
The civil rights leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was born in Crescent City, Fla. on April 15, 1889.

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.

April 14
More than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers are arrested for union activities, Imperial Valley, Calif. Eight were convicted of "criminal syndicalism" - 1930

April 15
Teacher unionists gather at the City Club on Plymouth Court in Chicago to form a new national union: the American Federation of Teachers - 1916


April 16
Employers lock out 25,000 New York City garment workers in a dispute over hiring practices. The International Ladies' Garment Workers Union calls a general strike; after 14 weeks, 60,000 strikers win union recognition and the contractual right to strike - 1916

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