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Subject Working people propel pro-worker candidates in key races
Date November 10, 2022 10:47 AM
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Working people propel pro-worker candidates in key races

Food & Water Workers' Union Ratifies First Contract

Labor Day at The Commanders returns

Meet The People: Kermit Johnson

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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.

Your Rights at Work radio show (WPFW 89.3FM): Thu, November 10, 1pm - 2pm
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NoVA Labor Pride at Work Meeting (in person): Thu, November 10, 5pm - 6pm

Union Starbucks at Gallows and Gatehouse in Merrifield. 3046 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church. ([link removed] map)

[link removed] Coalition to Repeal Right to Work: Fri, November 11, 7pm - 8pm

ATU 689 Masquerade Ball: Sat, November 12, 7pm - Sun, November 13, 1am

Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770 ([link removed] map)

Tickets $85; contact Joyce Brown at mailto:[email protected] [email protected].

NOTE: MWC/CSA offices are closed on Friday in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday. The next Union City will appear on Monday, November 14.

Working people propel pro-worker candidates in key races

"While it may be days or weeks until every vote is counted and we know the full results of this election, it's clear the tireless organizing efforts of working people to engage voters in one-on-one discussions about the issues that matter made a critical difference this year in many races," [link removed] said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in the wake of Tuesday's mid-term elections. "In the DMV area, that meant electing Wes Moore as Maryland's first Black governor, along with Aruna Miller as Lieutenant Governor," noted Metro Washington Labor Council President Dyana Forester. "Labor also helped make the difference in helping Virginia Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton fend off aggressive challenges," Forester added. Spanberger and Wexton are both projected to win their races in the 7th and 10th districts. "Thanks so much to the union members and all our affiliates who worked so hard this year to get out the labor vote at all levels throughout the region," said MWC Political Director Dejah Williams. "Working people know the fight isn't over," said Shuler, "in fact, it's just getting started. The foundation that unions built through our 365-day-a-year political organizing campaign will engage voters every day through 2024 and beyond to create an economy that works for all of us."

Food & Water Workers' Union Ratifies First Contract

The staff union at Food & Water Watch have announced the ratification of their first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with 100% participation and unanimous support. The members of the Food & Water Workers' Union formed their union with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) in fall 2019 and were later recognized by management that December. "We formed our union out of a deep commitment to the work we do at Food & Water Watch, and to the bold and uncompromised mission of the organization," said the Food & Water Workers' Union Bargaining Committee in a collective statement. "We know that empowering and protecting the workers at Food & Water Watch will make us a stronger, more effective organization, and we're excited for this new era."

Labor Day at The Commanders returns

"The first Labor Day with The Washington Commanders was such a success that we're doing it again!" says Community Services Agency Executive Director Letycia Pastrana. This time the Commanders will take on the New York Giants, on Sunday, Dec 18 at 1:00 PM, and once again proceeds from [link removed] tickets sold here will benefit CSA. Need to purchase 10 or more tickets? Contact Christopher Carter at (301) 276-6713 or email mailto:[email protected] [email protected].

Meet The People: Kermit Johnson

The best part of Kermit Johnson's job is serving the citizens of the District of Columbia where he was born and raised. Johnson has been working for the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) in the Property Maintenance Operation Division for 22 years. Although Johnson works for the D.C. Housing Authority, he is the union president for bargaining unit employees who fall under D.C. Department of Housing, D.C. Housing Authority, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, D.C. Department of Environment and Energy, D.C. Office of State Superintendent of Education, and D.C. Department of Regulatory Affairs. "I'm a Washingtonian and nothing is no more pleasing than helping my own community to strive," said Johnson, president of Local 2725 and also its fair practice coordinator.

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

Labor Quote: Team AFL-CIO
Our work doesn't stop at city halls, state capitols, the halls of Congress or even the White House.
We stop when we run out of people to organize.
We stop when corporations can't union-bust and steal wages.

We stop when every single working person has a voice at their job.
We're not stopping, are you?
[link removed] Pledge to Continue The Fight

Weekend 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.

November 10
Haymarket martyrs hanged, convicted in the bombing deaths of eight police during a Chicago labor rally - 1887

November 11

Ellis Island in New York closes after providing the gateway for 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1924. From 1924 to 1954 it was mostly used as a detention and deportation center for undocumented immigrants - 1954

November 12

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union activist Karen Silkwood is killed in a suspicious car crash on her way to deliver documents to a newspaper reporter during a safety investigation of her Kerr-McGee plutonium processing plant in Oklahoma. - 1974

David Prosten


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