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Subject Voting for better healthcare
Date November 3, 2022 9:47 AM
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Why 1199SEIU is supporting Wes Moore

Meet the People: Jermaine Quattlebaum

West Africa Unions Fight for Workers in Trade Agreement

Labor Quote

Today's Labor History


Today's Labor Calendar

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Union City Radio: 7:15am, WPFW-FM 89.3 FM
2-minute audio version of the Metro Washington Labor Council's Union City newsletter.

Labor 2022 National Phone Bank: Thu, November 3, 10am - 8pm

Join the AFL-CIO as we call union voters to get out the vote in battleground states across the country. Check out the schedule below and [link removed] click here to sign up.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Georgia, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; North Carolina, 2-4 p.m. ET; Pennsylvania, 6-8 p.m. ET

Your Rights at Work radio show (WPFW 89.3FM): Thu, November 3, 1pm - 2pm
WPFW 89.3 FM or [link removed] listen online.

Protest for a fair contract at Shoppers! (Landover): Thu, November 3, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Shopper's Landover Grand Re-Opening (7051 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Landover, MD) ([link removed] map)

Labor Rights Defenders Celebration: Thu, November 3, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

2111 Decatur Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 ([link removed] map)
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Maryland Labor Phone Bank: Thu, November 3, 6pm - 8pm

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Rally for Collective Bargaining in Fairfax County (VA): Thu, November 3, 6pm - 8pm

Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042, USA ([link removed] map); Eamon Clifford; mailto:[email protected] [email protected]

Arlington Dems Labor Caucus: Thu, November 3, 6pm - 7pm
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WMATA's Financial Past, Present, & Future: Panel Forum: Thu, November 3, 7pm - 9pm

2701 Whitney Pl, District Heights, MD 20747, USA ([link removed] map)
Hosted by ATU 689

Why 1199SEIU is supporting Wes Moore

"As governor, @iamwesmoore will ensure accessible #healthcare systems, affordable prescription drugs, safe neighborhoods, & healthy schools. He knows that our healthcare system is nothing without our essential #HealthcareWorkers," tweeted 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC yesterday.

Meet the People: Jermaine Quattlebaum

Jermaine Quattlebaum has worked in the government for 27 years. As a civil engineer technician at the D.C. Water, his job is to inspect water and sewer construction and rehabilitation in the District of Columbia. He initially went into government for stability but later loves the fact that his job allows him to meet new and interesting people all the time. "I wish people knew that government work is about camaraderie and the relationships you build," said Quattlebaum, who is also chief steward of AFGE Local 631. "Some people may misunderstand how involved public service/government work can really be."

From AFGE's [link removed] Meet the People Who Keep Our Federal and D.C. Governments Running.

West Africa Unions Fight for Workers in Trade Agreement

Workers across West Africa are joining to assert their rights and strategizing on promoting a decent work agenda in the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The agreement, which connects 1.3 billion people across 55 countries with a combined $3.4 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP), was crafted without input from unions and workers and does not ensure worker rights, union leaders say. For example, worker rights and safety improvements cannot be realized under AfCFTA's provisions until the region's governments improve current labor laws--or their enforcement systems. "[It] can have dire consequences on the purchasing power of workers," says Union Syndicale des Travailleurs du Niger (USTN) Secretary General Alain Adikan. [link removed] Find out more at Solidarity Center.

Labor Quote: Thomas Donahue

"The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor."
Donahue was secretary-treasurer of the national AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995 and president in 1995.

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.

California voters approve Proposition 22, exempting gig worker firms including Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, among others, from having to classify their workers in the state as employees, meaning they have no access to some basic labor protections and benefits. The "VOTE NO ON 22" campaign was financed by the companies to the tune of more than $200 million -- the most ever spent on a ballot proposition in the state. 2020

Striking milk drivers dump thousands of gallons of milk on New York City streets - 1921

David Prosten


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