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Subject ATU leaders walk the line with Keolis strikers
Date January 27, 2023 10:50 AM
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ATU leaders walk the line with Keolis strikers

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ATU leaders walk the line with Keolis strikers
On the 12th day of their strike, ATU Local 689 Loudoun County Transit members got a boost on the picket line Tuesday from a visit from International President John Costa, International Executive Vice President Yvette Trujillo, and International Secretary-Treasurer Ken Kirk.

"I am proud to be here with you today," Costa told the strikers. "Your strength and solidarity is sending a strong message to Keolis, a French company, that we demand a fair and just contract that allows you to provide for your families. They called us heroes during the pandemic, but are treating us like zeroes. You have the full support of your International, and together we will `Hold the Line' until we get what we deserve." [link removed] photo by ATU. PLUS: Keolis bus driver Sandra Vigil [link removed] tells WPFW's Your Rights At Work radio show "Why we're striking".

2023 Evening With Labor registration now open
by Dyana Forester, President, Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO

As we have worked to recover from the pandemic, unions have been the voice for all workers in unprecedented times. Union members have taken courageous actions to strike when denied quality-of-life benefits, and mobilized to the polls during a historic election season.

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Solidarity Center Report: Fierce Domestic Worker Leader Myrtle Witbooi Passes Away

The global labor movement lost a bright light and a pioneering leader on January 16 when Myrtle Witbooi, general secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), passed away after a long and valiant battle with cancer. [link removed] Read more from the Solidarity Center a nd in [link removed] The New York Times.

photo: Witbooi with Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau in 2017.

Labor Quote: Myrtle Witbooi

"I want you to remember me, unite and organise. I want you to remember if I can do it, you can do it and together we can sing Amandla."
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Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Bill Lucy on MLK; Shubert Sebree on Debs. Last week's show: [link removed] Strong Winds and Widow Makers.

January 27

A group of Detroit African-American auto workers known as the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary Union Movement leads a wildcat strike against racism and bad working conditions. They are critical of both automakers and the UAW, condemning the seniority system and grievance procedures as racist - 1969

January 28

First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin - 1932

January 29
Dolly Parton hits number one on the record charts with "9 to 5," her anthem to the daily grind - 1981

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