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Subject Workers file to unionize at another La Colombe
Date November 23, 2022 10:47 AM
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Workers file to unionize at another La Colombe coffee roasters location

DC joins worldwide `Black Friday' anti-Amazon protests

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`Black Friday' anti-Amazon protest: Fri, November 25, 11am - 12pm
Amazon Fresh - 14th & Riggs 1733 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009 ([link removed] map)

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Workers file to unionize at another La Colombe coffee roasters location

Workers at the La Colombe Coffee Roasters Farragut location in Washington, DC yesterday announced plans to unionize with UFCW Local 400. This is the second cafe in the District to file to unionize after workers at the La Colombe Chinatown [link removed] announced a union effort last week. The announcement followed shortly after more than 100 Starbucks locations staged a one-day strike last week as part of a nationwide push to unionize the coffee chain. Union organizing efforts are also sweeping through the DMV region, where in the last few months workers at [link removed] Books-A-Million, [link removed] MOM's Organic Market, [link removed] Union Kitchen, [link removed] Politics and Prose, and [link removed] Zen Leaf dispensary have all unionized, announced plans to unionize, or ratified their first union contracts. Read more here.

DC joins worldwide `Black Friday' anti-Amazon protests

For at least the third year in a row, workers worldwide will mark "Black Friday," this year on Nov. 25, with mass protests, this time against one of the most exploitative companies on the planet, Amazon. Local activists will gather at 11a at the 14th Street Amazon Fresh (see Calendar). "Make Amazon Pay Day of Action" demonstrations are scheduled in at least 32 countries by at least 80 unions against the corporate giant and its mistreatment of its workers. "Amazon is squeezing every last drop it can from workers, communities, and the planet," declares Our Revolution, one of several dozen organizations, including international union coalitions, seeking participants in the protests. "We are workers and citizens divided by geography and our role in the global economy, but we're united to Make Amazon Pay fair wages, its taxes and for its impact on the planet."

- Mark Gruenberg, PAI News

Labor Quote: Benjamin Lorr & Errol Schweizer

"If the Kroger Albertson's merger goes through now, they claim the merger will `lower grocery prices.' Should we take Kroger and Albertson's executives at their word? In a word, No. In six, Get the (expletive deleted) outta here."

From the [link removed] More Perfect Union video on the Kroger-Alberton's merger.

Weekend 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.

November 23

History's [link removed] first recorded (on papyrus) strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings. They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay -- portions of grain -- and put their tools down. Exact date estimated, described as within "the sixth month of the 29th year" of Ramses' reign -- 1170BC -- in The Spirit of Ancient Egypt, by Ana Ruiz. Scholar John Rome adds in Ancient Lives: The story of the Pharaoh's Tombmakers that the strike so terrified the authorities they gave in and raised wages. Romer believes it happened few years earlier, on Nov. 14, 1152 BC.

November 24
Led by Samuel Gompers, who would later found the American Federation of Labor, Cigarmakers International Union Local 144 is chartered in New York City - 1875

November 25

Some 10,000 New Orleans workers, black and white, participate in a solidarity parade of unions comprising the Central Trades and Labor Assembly. The parade was so successful it was repeated the following two years - 1883

November 26

Six young women burn to death and 19 more die when they leap from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, N.J. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door from which the women could flee was locked - 1910

November 27

The pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members. The show ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the casts' regular jobs. It ran for 1,108 performances before closing - 1937

David Prosten

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