From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject DC-area Instacart workers owed $1.5m
Date January 30, 2023 10:47 AM
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DC-area Instacart workers owed $1.5m

WP lays off 20 journalists; "That number should be zero" says NewsGuild

United Campus Workers-CWA Virginia members fight for affordable child care

AFL-CIO Statement on the Death of Tyre Nichols

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Labor Lobby Day at the VA General Assembly: Monday, Jan 30, 2023
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DC-area Instacart workers owed $1.5m

Instacart workers who made one or more delivery in DC between October 1, 2016 and April 30, 2018 are eligible to receive cash payments of $150+. [link removed] Click here for details; deadline is March 25. In 2020, OAG sued Instacart for misleading consumers and failing to pass the full amount of tips they left to workers who delivered their orders. Now, money from the penalty paid by Instacart [link removed] to resolve the lawsuit is being paid back to workers who made at least one delivery in DC during the relevant time period (they do not have to be DC residents).


WP lays off 20 journalists; "That number should be zero" says NewsGuild

"Today, The Washington Post laid off 20 of our colleagues," [link removed] tweeted the Washington-Baltimore News Guild last Tuesday. "While 20 is much smaller than 200 -- "a single digit percentage of the workforce," as Publisher Fred Ryan indicated, that's little consolation to those who lost their jobs today. That number should be zero." [link removed] Read more here.


United Campus Workers-CWA Virginia members fight for affordable child care

Members of United Campus Workers-Virginia (CWA Local 2265) held their [link removed] second annual Lobby Day at the Capitol in Richmond last week. The union activists met with over 20 state legislators and held a rally on the Capitol grounds, highlighting their [link removed] Childcare for All campaign and calling on legislators to support legislation that will improve the working conditions of public higher education workers in Virginia and help the institutions better serve all Virginians. The members believe that child care is a labor issue at its core and through their campaign they are fighting to make affordable child care accessible to all working families.

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AFL-CIO Statement on the Death of Tyre Nichols

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond following the indictment of five Memphis, Tennessee, police officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols: "Our hearts break for Tyre Nichols, those who loved him, and a community in pain, in light of his death during a violent encounter at the hands of five Memphis police officers during a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Tyre was a beloved father, son and friend who was working to build a good life for himself and his family. We join the call in demanding justice for Tyre Nichols and remain dedicated to advancing racial justice throughout our nation." [link removed] Read more here.


Labor Quote: Emily Barth

"We want every single eligible worker to file a claim. We have $1.5 million to put back in the pockets of workers, and we want them to submit their claims and get their money."

Emily Barth, Assistant Attorney General in the DC OAG's Office of Consumer Protection, discussing the Instacart worker refund program on WPFW's [link removed] Your Rights At Work last week.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] A meatpacker's American dream. Last week's show: [link removed] Bill Lucy on MLK; Shubert Sebree on Debs.

The Paris Peace Conference establishes the Commission on International Labour Legislation to draft the constitution of a permanent international labor organization, founding the International Labour Organization (ILO). Today, as part of the United Nations, the ILO is charged with drafting and overseeing international labor standards. -1919

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