From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject Montgomery County workers reach agreement
Date February 21, 2023 10:47 AM
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Montgomery County workers reach agreement

MD legalized cannabis bill focus is social equity

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Donahue

Evening with Labor ad sponsorship deadline 2/24

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Three transit strike picket lines against Keolis: Woodbridge, Manassas & Leesburg: Tue, February 21, 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

Special Election in Prince William County: Tue, February 21, 6am - 7pm

Come help with GOTV for Kerensa at the IBEW Local 26 office, 7010 Infantry Ridge Rd., Manassas. Contact mailto:[email protected] [email protected] for more info.

Arts Union Caucus: Tue, February 21, 3pm - 4pm

Last week's meeting was postponed due to technical difficulties, so unions representing performing and broadcast arts workers will meet on Tuesday February 21st. [link removed] Click here.

Montgomery County workers reach agreement

UFCW 1994/MCGEO reached an agreement on a new contract in the wee hours of Thursday morning last week, after going into mediation. "We will be sending out information on the new agreement and plans for ratification as soon as possible," reported Amy Millar, Special Assistant to the President at Local 1994. "This agreement would not have been possible without the incredible effort and hard work put in by the primary bargaining team, the alternates and a broad cross section of our members who sat on the advisory committees."


MD legalized cannabis bill focus is social equity

Social equity was the focus of many of the comments by witnesses testifying before the Maryland Assembly's House Economic Matters Committee Friday afternoon on proposed legislation to regulate legalized cannabis. "In every state that has [legalized] cannabis, they have found that the cannabis industry employs 10 percent more minority workers than any of the industries in their state," said Donna S. Edwards, president of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, saying "We applaud the social equity" piece of the legislation. "As the daughter, mother, aunt, and grandmother of black children, especially men, I am happy to see legislation that undoubtedly creates a pathway for people of color (POC) to access the wealth many of us have too long been denied," testified MWC president Dyana Forester. [link removed] Read more here.


IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Donahue

Former AFL-CIO president Thomas Donahue died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Washington; he was 94. Calling him "an innovator, intellectual and a visionary labor leader who was ahead of his time," AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond said that "Long before the future of work and the impact of technology on workers became a robust policy debate, Donahue was creating a blueprint for unions that encouraged experimentation with new approaches and technology to expand worker organizing and increase the labor movement's influence." Donahue's career spanned six decades starting as a part-time organizer with the Retail Clerks International Union in New York City and rising to secretary-treasurer and president of the AFL-CIO; he helped create the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, which opened doors for a new generation of organizers. Click here for the [link removed] AFL-CIO statement and [link removed] Washington Post obituary.


Evening with Labor ad sponsorship deadline 2/24

This year's annual Evening with Labor is coming up Friday, March 3. Individual honorees include Kayla Mock from UFCW Local 400, Sam Epps of UNITE HERE Local 25, Ottis Johnson Jr. of AFGE District 14, Chuck Clay of IATSE 22, and John Boardman of UNITE HERE 25, and 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers, ATU 689, AFSCME District Council 3, OPEIU 2, IATSE 22, and UFCW 400 are among the organizational honorees. [link removed] CLICK HERE for Sponsorship details; ad deadline is this Friday, Feb. 24.


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"The critical element of democracy, we all believe, is a free trade union movement, the critical measure of democracy."

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Celebrating Black History Month. Last week's show: [link removed] Domestic worker, Mother of the Movement.

A California state law was enacted providing the 8 hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced - 1868

United Farm Workers of America granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1972

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