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Subject MWC applauds Moore-Miller Transition Committee’s inclusion of union leaders
Date December 21, 2022 10:47 AM
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Metro Labor Council applauds Moore-Miller Transition Committee's inclusion of union leaders

Fired VA Starbucks worker wins back job and pay

Union Voice/Readers Write: Right Toussaint quote?

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Metro Labor Council applauds Moore-Miller Transition Committee's inclusion of union leaders

The Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO yesterday applauded the efforts of the Moore-Miller transition team to include representatives of working families in Maryland. "We are excited that Governor-Elect Wes Moore and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller are putting representatives of working Marylanders in these critical roles," said MWC President Dyana Forester. "It shows their commitment to making working families a priority in their administration. We are excited that working people from a broad range of industries and throughout the state have been appointed to key committees. We know this is an administration that is going to be ready from Day One to do what it takes to support working families. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with our affiliates to ensure that rank-and-file members are engaged in the grassroots townhalls the team is hosting."

The transition team includes many representatives of organized labor in Maryland, including:
MSEA-Cheryl Bost (Steering)
AFT-Loretta Johnson (Education)
Baltimore/Washington Building Trades-Jermaine Jones (Climate)
ATU Local 689-Theus Jones (Transportation)
UNITE HERE Local 25-Sam Epps (Housing)

AFGE-Herb Smith (Public Safety)
IAFF Local 1664-Jeff Buddle (Public Safety)
FOP MD State Lodge-Clyde Boatwright (Public Safety)
IUPAT District 51-Roxana Mejia (Health Care)
1199 SEIU-Lisa Brown (Health Care)
MD State AFL-CIO-Gerald W. Jackson (Unlocking Opportunity)

Metro Washington AFL-CIO-Déjah Désirée Williams (Jobs/Workforce Development)

Fired VA Starbucks worker wins back job and pay

Roanoke barista Tyler Hoffman, fired earlier this year by Starbucks, is being reinstated with seven months of back pay after filing charges with the NLRB. "Tyler is one of more than 100 union leaders whom Starbucks has fired in retaliation for organizing," NoVA Labor's Virginia Diamond tells Union City. "Starbucks is learning that they cannot fire their way out of bargaining with their workers. The movement is growing in spite of their vile union-busting tactics." [link removed] Listen to Hoffman on WPFW's Your Rights At Work radio show and [link removed] read more here from ABC8 News.

photo: December 16 Starbucks Alexandria rally.

Union Voice/Readers Write: Right Toussaint quote?

"Are you sure about the Toussaint quote? ("An agreement will never ever, ever, ever be resolved by fear and intimidation." 12/20 UC)," asks Dave Richardson. "It doesn't look right to me."
"Quote correct," confirms Roger Toussaint (former president of TWU Local 100 and a UC reader). "Can't recall if I used 3 'ever's though."

Labor Quote: Pope Francis

"[link removed] There is no union without workers, and there are no free workers without a union."

Pope Francis delivered an inspiring address on unionism and labor to a gathering of the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) on Monday. The pontiff called on workers to act with divine purpose and invited union members around the world to be part of the global movement of solidarity and progress in our efforts to build society and elevate the struggling. "Educating for peace, even in the workplace, often marked by conflict, can become a sign of hope for everyone, and also for future generations," he said. (AFL-CIO Daily Brief)

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Red Jerseys in Detroit. Last week's show: [link removed] Julia Reichert: "Documentarian of the Working Class".

Powered by children 7 to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater's thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 per cent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week - 1790

Supreme Court rules that picketing is unconstitutional. Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft declared that picketing was, in part, "an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance..." - 1921

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