From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject Hiring Hall: Loudoun County Transit workers strike
Date January 11, 2023 10:48 AM
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THIS JUST IN: Loudoun County Transit workers strike

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THIS JUST IN: Loudoun County Transit workers strike

Loudoun County Transit workers, members of ATU Local 689, planned to go out on strike starting at 3 am this morning. "Keolis left us with no other choice but to walk off the job," [link removed] said Local 689 President Raymond Jackson. Negotiations with Keolis -- the French-owned global corporation that contracts with Loudoun County -- broke down because the company is insisting on a two-tier wage system in which bus operators for local routes would be paid $12 an hour less than commuter bus operators doing the same work. The County will not be able to meet its need for drivers unless all CDL holders get paid a fair market rate. "Come out to the picket line at 43031 Loudoun Center Place in Leesburg to show your solidarity!" urged NoVA Labor President Virginia Diamond.

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Congressional Workers Union defies new House Speaker

"The House GOP Rules package seeks to strip away our fundamental human right to unionize and bargain collectively," [link removed] tweeted the Congressional Workers Union Monday. "What Kevin McCarthy and his aides fail to realize is that our organizing drive - which aims to elevate workers' rights on both sides of the aisle - existed long before he cobbled together enough votes to win the Speakership, and it will continue after. We aren't backing down."

Ashburn Starbucks organizes
Workers at the Starbucks Ashbrook Marketplace Plaza in Ashburn, VA on Monday voted 11-5 to unionize.

Unions head to Richmond

"Union members are working to set the tone for the 2023 legislative session," [link removed] tweeted Virginia is for Unions yesterday, "as they head to Richmond on Wednesday to personally welcome legislators back to the capitol and urge them to support good union jobs for all."

7,000 NYC nurses strike

More than [link removed] 7,000 nurses in New York City went on strike Monday morning. The nurses are members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), and are striking for fair contracts that improve patient care.

Yale grad students vote in union

Grad workers at Yale overwhelmingly voted union on Monday, [link removed] voting 1,860 to 179 to be represented by UNITE HERE Local 3.

In Memoriam: Flo Jones, AFSCME 112 & AFSCME Council 3

Flo Jones, AFSCME Council 3's first Secretary-Treasurer, passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. "Sister Jones was elected as Council 3's first Secretary-Treasurer in 2012 and served until 2020," [link removed] reports AFSCME Maryland (Council 3). "She also served on the board of AFSCME Local 112. Before serving as our union's secretary-treasurer, she worked at the DSS for over 20 years. Flo was a dedicated and committed social worker who put all of her energy and might into her job and those she was advocating for. We also remember her tireless dedication and commitment to her union and her vision for a better workplace for every single worker in Maryland. Our hearts go out to Flo's loved ones and everyone she touched with her kind, warm, and generous spirit. Rest in power, Sister Jones."

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Labor Quote: "Sit Down"

The Manhattan Chorus sings Maurice Sugar's "Sit Down." Recorded in April, 1937, shortly after the successful sit-down strike (see Labor History, below) in Flint, Michigan, that helped the United Auto Workers union organize General Motors.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] The Cambridge Movement. Last week's show: [link removed] "No Labor Dictators for Us".

The IWW-organized "Bread & Roses" textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins in Lawrence, Mass. It lasted 10 weeks and ended in victory. The first millworkers to walk out were Polish women who, upon collecting their pay, exclaimed that they had been cheated and promptly abandoned their looms - 1912

Nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike at GM's Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Mi., workers battle police when they try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from thousands of supporters on the outside. Sixteen strikers and spectators and 11 police were injured. Most of the strikers were hit by buckshot fired by police riot guns; the police were injured principally by thrown nuts, bolts, door hinges and other auto parts. The incident became known as the "Battle of the Running Bulls." - 1936

Margo St. James, a sex worker who in 1973 formed what she described as a union for prostitutes, dies at age 83 in a Bellingham, Wash. nursing home. When a newspaper reported she had been a madam, according to The Washington Post, she demanded a retraction, declaring: "I was never management." 2021

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