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Subject Arlington Starbucks workers win union
Date November 9, 2022 10:47 AM
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Arlington Starbucks workers win union

Grocery workers union condemns judge's refusal to halt Albertsons $4b cash grab

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Arlington Starbucks workers win union

Baristas at the Courthouse Starbucks in Arlington voted to join Starbucks Workers United 8-2 yesterday. That's the union's 260th union election, all of which have occurred in less than a year. "Arlington is a union town!" tweeted NoVA Labor, adding "14 union stores in Virginia -- and counting!"

Grocery workers union condemns judge's refusal to halt Albertsons $4b cash grab

A judge in DC has ruled against granting a temporary restraining order "to halt Albertsons $4 billion cash grab," reports UFCW Local 400. "This does not impact the case underway in Washington state, and the dividend is still stopped for now." Yesterday's ruling follows a [link removed] lawsuit filed last week by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, along with the attorneys general of [link removed] California and [link removed] Illinois, seeking a temporary restraining order to block the special dividend, describing it as a "cash grab" that "would have a particularly devastating impact on struggling people and families with access to fewer grocery stores during a time of historically high inflation." Local 400 said "It is unfortunate that Judge Nichols came down on the side of a handful of ultra-wealthy board members and shareholders instead of the countless essential workers whose livelihoods are threatened by this outright looting of Albertsons." [link removed] Read more here.


Labor 2022 Election Day Snapshots

Labor 2022: The people speak
"As I'm talking to you, I am texting our members to get out the vote for tomorrow."

"We wanted to kind of bring folks together so that they would have an opportunity to be a part of this monumental election, but also do it in a fun way where we have some music and some camaraderie and some work at the same time."
"I have learned so much. How much politics is involved with my everyday life and that I have a voice and that I can stand up and fight for that."

"We have a really politically engaged membership, so whenever we do phone banking, we're calling our own members, we're calling retirees and we're calling people in the District. And you know, people respond really, really positively. I think, you know, the word of the union goes a long way."

"We were out of work, out of money, could not pay our bills, and we were essentially hungry and scared, not knowing what the next day would bring. Elissa (Silverman) expedited the whole procedure and pretty much took it upon her own hands and fought for us."

Voices from local volunteers at yesterday's elections: Dr. Donna Christie, President of the Prince George's County Educators Association, Jennifer Epps, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, Christina, 1199SEIU Maryland/DC, and Keith and Regina, UNITE HERE Local 25.

- Interviews/photos by Chris Garlock

Labor Quote: Arlington Courthouse Starbucks barista

"This is the unionized Starbucks in Arlington (pointing); this is the one to go to. Woo hoo!"

2200 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA; "Order your drink with the name Union Strong and leave a nice cash tip," urged NoVA Labor.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Who belongs in the labor movement? Last week's show: [link removed] Pride on the line.

Philip Murray, first president of the United Steelworkers Organizing Committee, first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for 12 years following the death of John L. Lewis, dies at age 66 - 1952

Committee for Industrial Organization founded by eight unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The eight want more focus on organizing mass production industry workers - 1935

David Prosten

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