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Subject Leesburg Books-A-Million workers organize
Date November 21, 2022 10:47 AM
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Leesburg Books-A-Million workers file to become first unionized store

Horseshoe Baltimore workers to picket tomorrow

In Memoriam: Donna Brockington

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Leesburg Books-A-Million workers file to become first unionized store

Saying they're "lovers of books and the work we do," workers at Books-A-Million in Leesburg, Va. today announced plans to unionize with UFCW Local 400. Every single worker at the store signed union authorization cards in support of the effort. The workers filed for a union election yesterday and plan to become the first Books-A-Million location in the country to unionize. The union would cover 15 employees at the Leesburg location (512 E Market St #19, Leesburg, VA 20176). According to the company's [link removed] website, Books-A-Million currently operates more than 260 stores in 32 states and the District of Columbia. Other booksellers are unionizing around the country as well, such as [link removed] Half Price Books in the Midwest. According to the NLRB, [link removed] union elections filings in the first half of fiscal year 2022 are up 57% from the year before and [link removed] approval of labor unions is at its highest point since 1965 according to a recent Gallup poll. [link removed] Read more here.


Horseshoe Baltimore workers to picket tomorrow

Workers at the Horseshoe Baltimore will picket tomorrow for holiday pay and fair raises (see Calendar, above). Horseshoe Baltimore workers have been bargaining with Caesar's -- the largest gaming corporation in America -- for a new union contract since September. Yet workers in Baltimore are paid less than Casesar's workers in Atlantic City and Vegas and receive no paid holidays. "Caesar is only offering a 2.5% raise this year, with a 2% raise the following years of the contract. This proposal amounts to about 30 cents for most workers," reports UNITE HERE Local 7's Tracy Lingo.


In Memoriam: Donna Brockington

Metro DC Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) President Emeritus Donna Brockington has passed. "Sister Donna was active with CLUW for many years and a dedicated and passionate leader of our chapter," reports Chelsea Bland, President of the Metropolitan D.C. Area CLUW. "She believed in the power, sisterhood and solidarity of working women. Sister Donna was a public servant working at OPM (AFGE Local 32) and a staunch union advocate for her colleagues. She had a deep impact on the labor community here in the D.C. area and she will be greatly missed." Stay tuned for information about funeral arrangements.

photo: Brockington, center, with national CLUW president Elise Bryant (l) and Natalie, a young supporter, at the October 2021 Women's March.

Labor Quote: Columbine strikers

Asked "Who are your leaders?" the crowd of 500 striking Columbine coal miners and many of their wives and family members responded with cries of "We're all leaders!"

Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner were killed and many wounded in the [link removed] Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts - 1927

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Finnish North American working class women and music in the early 20th century. Last week's show: [link removed] For Gene Debs.

The United Auto Workers Union strikes 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30 percent raise. 200,000 workers are out - 1945

Congress approves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to take effect Jan. 1 of the following year - 1993

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act takes effect in the nation's workplaces. It prohibits employers from requesting genetic testing or considering someone's genetic background in hiring, firing or promotions - 2009

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