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Subject Workers at Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry ratify new contract
Date September 12, 2022 9:47 AM
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Workers at Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry ratify new contract

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Labor Day with the Commanders

Haiti Garment Workers Need Four Times Their Wages to Get By

Labor Quote: Merle Travis

Today's Labor History


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Workers at Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry ratify new contract

UFCW Local 400 members working at Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry in Hyattsville, MD have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new four-year contract. The new contract includes several key improvements, including better pay and additional paid sick/personal days. The starting hourly pay rate was increased from $15.30 to $16.60 for lowest paid worker. Voting took place on September 2nd and members voted 19-1 in favor of ratifying the agreement.

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Labor Day with the Commanders

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Haiti Garment Workers Need Four Times Their Wages to Get By

Haiti garment workers should be paid four times their current salaries just to keep pace with the cost of living, a new Solidarity Center study finds. The study recommends the Haiti government increase the minimum wage to a living wage and ensure that "workers' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining are fully respected, so that workers are empowered to negotiate wage increases and improve working conditions with employers." [link removed] Find out more at Solidarity Center.

Labor Quote: Merle Travis

You load sixteen tons, whattaya get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

St. Peter don'cha call me, 'cause I can't go

I owe my soul to the company store

From Merle Travis' song "16 Tons." The line "You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt" came from a letter written by Travis's brother John. Another line came from their father, a coal miner, who would say: "I can't afford to die. I owe my soul to the [link removed] company store. On this date in 1897, some 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended a ten-week strike after winning an eight hour day, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores, where they had been forced to shop.

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This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] A miasma of metals. Last week's show: [link removed] NC Labor History Revealed!.

Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received 1 million votes for president - 1918

Jobless workers march on grocery stores and seize food in Toledo, Ohio - 1932

New York City's Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression - 1998

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