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Subject Union Kitchen workers win $25K in unionbusting case
Date February 13, 2023 10:47 AM
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Union Kitchen workers win $25K in unionbusting case

GW Hospital nurses organize

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Union Kitchen workers win $25K in unionbusting case

Union Kitchen has agreed to pay nearly $25,000 to five workers who were fired or faced discipline in retaliation for their participation in a union drive. While UFCW Local 400 communications director Jonathan Williams [link removed] told dcist.com the union was "very pleased" with the settlement agreement and said the group, [link removed] United Kitchen Workers, was looking ahead to contract negotiations, he said the firings and discipline had a "chilling effect" on workers exercising their right to organize. "There's absolutely no need for this -- absolutely no need to retaliate against employees and make them go through a very long process to get justice, only to end up right back where you started negotiating a contract with a unionized workforce," Williams said. The NLRB settlement also requires Union Kitchen management to post a notice of workers' unionization rights in prominent places in their workplaces, email the notice to workers, and to read it aloud in a meeting.

photo: United Kitchen Workers in Charleston, SC where Union Kitchen owner Cullen Gilchrist was delivering the keynote speech at the "Good Business Summit", the workers joined Charleston community members in letting attendees know union-busting isn't "good business."

GW Hospital nurses organize

Registered nurses at The George Washington University Hospital on Friday announced they're organizing with the District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA). "Quality patient care and nurse retention are at the forefront of this decision," the nurses said in a statement. "Unfortunately, repeated attempts to work personally and directly with hospital leadership have failed to yield lasting systemic improvements." The nurses added that "we hope hospital administration will welcome this union as an opportunity to form a more constructive partnership with staff."


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"Young people are just really feeling like the future is a bit bleak, and I think that we have a shared experience of just kind of being, you know, upset with the state of the country and being generally anti-capitalist."
Zakes is one of the organizers of the Freshfarm Workers Union; hear her on [link removed] last week's Your Rights At Work radio show.

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Some 12,000 Hollywood writers returned to work today following a largely-successful three-month strike against television and motion picture studios. They won compensation for their TV and movie work that gets streamed on the Internet - 2008

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