2-minute audio version of the Metro Washington Labor Council's Union City newsletter.
Three transit strike picket lines against Keolis: Woodbridge, Manassas & Leesburg: Fri, February 17, 3:30am - 5:00pm
Prince William County Transit workers (Teamsters Local 639) - 3:30 am to 5 pm; 14700 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge,VA & 7850 Doane Drive, Manassas, VA
Loudoun County Transit workers (ATU Local 689) - 3:30 am to 3 pm; 43031 Loudoun Center Place, Leesburg
Federal Holiday: Presidents' Day (MWC, CSA & CAP offices closed): Monday, Feb 20, 2023
AFGE Members Take to the Streets of D.C. Demanding Fair Pay
On Tuesday, members of AFGE who work in the federal government and their allies rallied on Capitol Hill, demanding fair pay and full staffing. Government worker pay has lagged for decades, and federal employees average 23% less than their private sector counterparts who do the same job. AFGE supports the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which would provide workers with an 8.7% raise in 2024. Additionally, the AFGE members are calling on full staffing, which would increase workplace safety.
Take action today and [link removed] ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the FAIR Act.
- AFL-CIO Daily Brief
Unions Fight for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan
A new video shows the strategies unions and civil society allies in Kyrgyzstan are using to advance and protect the rights of people with disabilities. Strategies include coalition-building and joint advocacy projects with national and local disability rights organizations, pro-bono legal support, data collection, legislative reform and trainings-of-trainers with disabilities.
Labor Quote: Wala Blegay
"We want PLAs in the school system. We want PLAs all throughout Prince George's County construction, and we want the private industry to understand this is a union town."
At Wednesday's Greenbelt rally; [link removed] read more here.
Today's Labor History
This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Domestic worker, Mother of the Movement. Last week's show: [link removed] Reconciling a Slaveholding Past.
63 sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, are tear gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. plants in Chicago. Two years later the U.S. Supreme Court declared sit-down strikes illegal. The tactic had been a major industrial union organizing tool - 1937
A majority of about 100 employees at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter vote for representation by the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), becoming what OPEIU says is the first widely-known tech company workforce to go union. 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court decides in favor of sales clerk Leura Collins and her union, the Retail Clerks, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc. - the case establishing that workers have a right to request the presence of their union steward if they believe they are to be disciplined for a workplace infraction - 1975
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