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Subject FRESHFARM Workers Unionize
Date February 9, 2023 10:47 AM
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FRESHFARM Workers Unionize

AFSCME MD brings workers voices to Annapolis

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Loudoun County Transit Strike Picket Line: Thursday, February 9&#8901;3:30am - 3:00pm
43031 Loudoun Center Place in Leesburg, VA
NOTE: Best time is 9a during shift change.

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FRESHFARM Workers Unionize

Workers at the Washington, DC-based nonprofit FRESHFARM voted to unionize with UFCW Local 400 yesterday. "With our union, we will have a greater voice in the workplace and the opportunity to collectively address our working conditions, pay and benefits," said the workers organizing committee in a statement. "We look forward to negotiating our first union contract with the same energy, unity and camaraderie that made our union possible in the first place." A majority of employees signed union authorization cards and filed for a union election in December and the vote was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mail-in paper ballots were distributed to workers on January 18 and votes were tallied by NLRB officials on February 8. The unionized workforce covers approximately 25 employees responsible for staffing and operating [link removed] 28 local farmers markets in DC, Maryland and Virginia. [link removed] Click here for the complete list.


AFSCME MD brings workers voices to Annapolis

"We had a great Lobby Night last Monday!" reports AFSCME Maryland. "We talked to our legislators about why they should support the Public Employee Relations Act and the Arbitration Reform for State Employees Act of 2023 -- two bills that would help level the playing field with management."

Tweet This: WTU 6 & DCPS Chancellor
@WTUTeacher thanks @DCPSChancellor for his support in coming to an agreement on the new contract.

Labor Quote: Dr. James Benton
"They are fighting to reclaim their voice as workers and demonstrate...workers DO matter"

Dr. Benton (at left, in cap) is Director of the Race and Economic Empowerment Project at the Kalmanovitz Initiative. graphic from his Twitter feed @JamesCBenton; photo from Feb 1 ATU 689 picket line.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Reconciling a Slaveholding Past. Last week's show: [link removed] A meatpacker's American dream.

Wobblie activist Tom Mooney convicted in bombing frame-up orchestrated by Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was pardoned and released 22 years later - 1917

President Kennedy asks Congress to approve creation of the Medicare program, financed by an increase in Social Security taxes, to aid 14.2 million Americans aged 65 or older - 1961

Some 19,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers in Washington state and Oregon begin what is to become a 40-day strike over economic issues - 2000

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