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Subject Jesse Jackson opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger
Date November 1, 2022 9:47 AM
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Jesse Jackson opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger

DC Domestic Workers Bill of Rights advances

Hotel worker Regina Welch: Why I'm supporting Elissa

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Jesse Jackson opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger

"Think the cost of food is high?" asks Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. "Just wait. Last week, Kroger announced plans to acquire Albertsons in a staggering $24.6 billion deal. If the deal goes through, it will merge the number one and number two stand-alone grocery chains, which together operate nearly 5,000 stores around the country and generate more than $200 billion in revenue each year. If you think this doesn't affect you, think again."[link removed] Read more in The Washington Informer. See also: [link removed] Grocery union opposes Kroger/Albertsons merger (10/20/22) photo: Oct. 27 protest at Dumfries Shoppers; courtesy UFCW 400


DC Domestic Workers Bill of Rights advances

On Friday, two DC Council committees unanimously voted to advance the DC Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, [link removed] reports First Shift. "We've never been this close to winning equality for domestic workers under DC law."

Hotel worker Regina Welch: Why I'm supporting Elissa

I'm a union leader with UNITE HERE Local 25. I was born and raised here in DC where I also raised my daughters, which is why I'm so passionate about the issues that affect us on a daily basis. The pandemic struck us all by surprise, but it especially affected the hospitality industry. At-Large DC City Councilmember Elissa Silverman worked countless hours during the pandemic to expedite and extend our unemployment insurance payments. She then led the vote for our right to return to work as soon as it was safe to do so. She advocated for affordable housing and strengthening rent control. She continues to work hard to make the district a safer place for us to live, and she wrote the Paid Family Leave law, which allows DC residents to take off time from work to care for their loved ones and families. Elissa Silverman hears us and she stands for the working people. I know my fellow Local 25 members have been canvassing door to door for Elissa Silverman, but we still need you. So let's get out there and vote and make sure that Elissa Silverman gets a third term as DC Councilmember at large!

photo: UNITE HERE 25's Regina Welch.

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photo: Members from ATU Local 689 and AFGE joined MWC President Dyana Forester at the White House for the annual Halloween Celebration; photo by Dejah Williams

Labor Quote: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
"This merger (Kroger and Albertsons) will end with more parents unable to afford the food their children need. It must be stopped."

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Pride on the line. Last week's show: [link removed] The longest nurses' strike.

Thirty-seven black striking Louisiana sugar workers were murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike leaders were lynched - 1887

The UAW begins what was to become a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester. The union turned back company demands for weakened work rules, mandatory overtime - 1979

Some 20,000 Google employees around the world stage a wave of walkouts after the New York Times reported that the company had paid millions of dollars in exit packages to male executives accused of sexual harassment. One of the accused got $90 million. 2018

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