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Subject CLUW song/video: It's About Our Choice
Date November 4, 2022 9:48 AM
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FTC urged to halt Albertsons payout, oppose merger with Kroger

Supporting Pratt workers

CLUW song/video: It's About Our Choice

Early voting skyrockets; did it help workers?

Meet The People: LaRhonda Gamble

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Today's Labor History

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Weekend Labor Calendar

[link removed] Click here for the complete calendar and details, including the latest DMV-area Labor-to-Labor GOTV activities. Got something to add or update? Email us at mailto:[email protected] [email protected].

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

GMU Worker Rights Coalition: Fri, November 4, 12pm - 1pm
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DC Labor to Labor Canvass: Sat, November 5, 9am - 2pm

IATSE 22 ([link removed] map)
[link removed] Info/sign-up here

NoVA Labor Walks: Sat, November 5, 9am - 1pm

4536 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA 22003, USA ([link removed] map)

Maryland Labor to Labor Walks (multiple locations): Sat, November 5, 9:30am - 2:00pm

[link removed] Info/RSVP here (NEW LINK!)

GOTV with CLUW and APALA: Sat-Tue, November 5, 6, 7 & 8
Sign up now - Register: [link removed] bit.ly/apalagotv22

Labor GOTV (1199SEIU): Baltimore: Sat, November 5, 10am - 2pm
Baltimore County Democratic Club, 301 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD 21204 ([link removed] map)

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Labor GOTV (1199SEIU): Prince George's County: Sat, November 5, 10am - 2pm

1101 Mercantile Ln Ste 100, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 ([link removed] map)
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Immigrant & Union Rally with Wes Moore & Aruna Miller: Sat, November 5, 10am - 12pm
Marian Fryer Town Plaza, 2424 Reedie Dr, Wheaton, MD 20902, USA ([link removed] map)

Maryland Labor Phone Bank (shifts at 12p and 3p): Sat, November 5, 12pm - 6pm

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Maryland Labor to Labor Walks (multiple locations): Sun, November 6, 10:00am - 2:30pm
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Maryland Labor Phone Bank (shifts at 1p and 4p): Sun, November 6, 1pm - 7pm
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Missed this week's Your Rights At Work radio show? Catch the podcast herehttps://anchor.fm/christopher-garlock/episodes/The-Future-We-Need-e1di2r6 : [link removed] Can the hotel workers' union save the Democrats?

FTC urged to halt Albertsons payout, oppose merger with Kroger

A coalition of organizations led by UFCW 400 yesterday sent a [link removed] letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan urging the regulator to oppose the merger of Kroger and Albertsons. The coalition includes advocates and antitrust experts, as well as unions representing more than 100,000 grocery workers at Kroger and Albertsons stores across the country. "These monopolistic machinations will inevitably cause worker layoffs, impose downward pressure on wages and other job standards, raise food prices for hard-hit consumers, increase the prevalence of food deserts in lower-income communities and the number of food-insecure Americans, and squelch competition in this essential industry," the letter reads. In addition and more urgently, the signatories - including the Metro Washington Labor Council -- urge the FTC to take immediate action to halt an unusual up to $4 billion special dividend payment to its shareholders planned for November 7. [link removed] Read more here.

Read also: [link removed] UFCW Local 400 Applauds Attorney General Karl Racine for Taking Action to Halt Albertsons Disaster Dividend Payment.

CLUW song/video: It's About Our Choice

"We can't go back to how things used to be. Vote to make things better. It's our vote. It's our voice. We are pro-union and we are pro-choice. Our vote, our voice. Union yes. It's about our choice." That's from "It's About Our Choice", a song (written and performed by Lynn Marie Smith) and video just posted yesterday -- and premiered on the Metro Labor Council's Your Rights At Work radio show - by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, which is getting out the vote across the United States. "Chapter members are knocking on doors and making phone calls, reaching out to voters from battleground states to fight for pro-worker issues. Join us, as we make our voices heard at the polls with the @AFL-CIO," says CLUW. See Calendar above for details.


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Supporting Pratt workers

"Happyhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/Solidarity?src=hashtag_click #Solidarity Dayhttps://twitter.com/PrattWorkers @PrattWorkers!" tweeted the [link removed] Baltimore Museum of Art Union. "BMA Union stands with you and is ready to officially welcome you to thehttps://twitter.com/cwuafscme @cwuafscme family. VOTE YES! Take it from us, you'll be glad you did![link removed] #bmoreisauniontown"


Early voting skyrockets; did it help workers?
by Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer

Despite the voter suppression efforts of former Oval Office occupant Donald Trump and his anti-voting fanatics, Americans from coast to coast apparently turned out in record numbers for early voting. The question of who will benefit could take weeks. On the face of it, the answer tilts towards Democrats, including pro-worker candidates. Unions and their allies are encouraging early voting, and in many cases actively aiding people who want to cast their ballots without having to stand in lines on Election Day. "So much is at stake," the Office and Professional Employees declared. "Anti-worker politicians are fighting tooth and nail to retake Congress, but working people are pushing back at the ballot box." "The 2022 midterms are our chance to send a clear message that we're not going back to slashed budgets and harmful policies that leave too many students behind," the National Education Association, the nation's largest union, declared. NEA posted a YouTube video on steps members can take to ensure they vote and that their votes are counted--including a segment on how to vote early. "In states across the country new Americans are already heading to the polls," SEIU tweeted. "Our members have been on the ground alongside other groups in states like Pennsylvania to ensure these new citizens can vote without obstacle or exclusion. To the polls!"


Meet The People: LaRhonda Gamble

"The best part of my job is being able to assist employees and make a difference in their lives when they feel like they have nowhere else to turn to resolve matters that they may consider a crisis," says LaRhonda Gamble, AFGE Local 12 president, who's been working as a program manager for the Office of Unemployment Insurance at the Department of Labor for 14 years. "I wish people knew government work is not just a cushy job like some may believe. Working in the federal government is hard, especially when you work for an agency that sets the rules and regulations for workplaces all around the country. Government work is always under the spotlight, which adds to many government employees' stress."

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

Labor Quote: Will Rogers
"There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown, and let everybody pray that it's not a tie, for we couldn't go through with this thing again."

Populist humorist Will Rogers was born on this date in 1879 near Oologah, Indian Territory (later Oklahoma).

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.

November 4
After a struggle lasting more than two years, 6,000 Steelworkers members at Bridgestone/ Firestone win a settlement in which strikers displaced by scabs got their original jobs back. The fight started when management demanded that the workers accept 12-hour shifts - 1996

November 5

Some 12,000 television and movie writers begin what was to become a three-month strike against producers over demands for an increase in pay for movies and television shows released on DVD and for a bigger share of the revenue from work delivered over the Internet - 2007

November 6

A coal mine explosion in Spangler, Pa. kills 79. The mine had been rated gaseous in 1918, but at the insistence of new operators it was rated as non-gaseous even though miners had been burned by gas on at least four occasions - 1922

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