From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject Loudoun County strike comes to NW DC
Date January 31, 2023 10:47 AM
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Loudoun County strike comes to NW DC

Democratic Party of Virginia staff ratify new union contract

AFSCME Council 3 higher ed locals discuss growth and solidarity

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Loudoun County Transit Strike Picket Line: Tue, January 31, 3:30am - 4:00pm
43031 Loudoun Center Place in Leesburg, VA ([link removed] map)

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Striking Keolis drivers rally at the French Embassy: Tue, January 31, 1pm - 2pm

4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC ([link removed] map)
Join members of ATU 689 (Loudoun County transit workers) at the French Embassy on their 20th day striking against French company Keolis.

MWC Delegate's Meeting: Tue, January 31, 5pm - 7pm

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Loudoun County strike comes to NW DC

The two-week-old strike by Loudoun County bus drivers comes to the French Embassy today. Loudoun County transit is managed by a company named Keolis, whose parent company, SNCF Rail, is controlled by the French government. Today at one o'clock at the French Embassy in Northwest Washington (see Calendar above for details), the workers and their union, ATU Local 689, will urge the French government "to stop Keolis from further breaking labor law, bargaining in bad faith, and refusing to give its employees a fair and dignified contract," said ATU 689. Keolis took over operation of Loudoun County's transit service in April 2021, after lowballing their bid, says the union. Keolis then refused to recognize either the union or the union contract that was already in place, unilaterally slashed benefits and began to impose a number of cuts on the workforce. The National Labor Relations Board has found merit to at least four different Unfair Labor Practice Charges against Keolis, and on January 11, after "months of stalling and bad faith negotiations" by the company, the workers walked out. photo courtesy [link removed] TTD.


Democratic Party of Virginia staff ratify new union contract

Employees of the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA), members of UFCW Local 400, ratified a strong four-year collective bargaining agreement last week that provides for significant pay increases ranging from 10.5 percent to 33 percent, an additional holiday (Juneteenth), and continued comprehensive benefits and leave policies. This is their second contract, having bargained their first agreement shortly after they [link removed] won Local 400 representation on September 15, 2020. Local 400 President Mark Federici saluted DPVA management "for walking their pro-labor talk, They are practicing with their own employees what they preach and in return, they have an outstanding team of campaign professionals to advance the party's interests." [link removed] Read more here.


AFSCME Council 3 higher ed locals discuss growth and solidarity

"We had a great training on Saturday with member leaders and activists from our higher education campuses that we represent!" [link removed] tweeted AFSCME Council 3 yesterday. "We discussed how to grow our locals and talk to our coworkers about the importance of union solidarity."

Labor Quote: Ida May Fuller
`It wasn't that I expected anything, mind you, but I knew I'd been paying for something called Social Security and I wanted to ask the people in Rutland about it."

Fuller was the first retiree to receive an old-age monthly benefit check under the new Social Security law on this date in 1940.

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.

12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Tex. - mostly Latino women - walk off their jobs at 400 factories in what was to become a three-month strike against wage cuts. Strike leader Emma Tenayuca was eventually hounded out of the state - 1938

After scoring successes with representation elections conducted under the protective oversight of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the United Farm Workers of America officially ends its historic table grape, lettuce and wine boycotts - 1978

Five months after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school board fires every teacher in the district in what the United Teachers of New Orleans sees as an effort to break the union and privatize the school system - 2005

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