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Subject Union Vets leads delegation to express solidarity with Ukraine
Date February 23, 2023 10:47 AM
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Union Vets leads delegation to express solidarity with Ukraine

Baltimore/DC's Pride at Work elects leadership

Friday deadline for Evening With Labor sponsorships

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Three transit strike picket lines against Keolis: Woodbridge, Manassas & Leesburg: Thu, February 23, 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

Your Rights at Work radio show (WPFW 89.3FM): Thu, February 23, 1pm - 2pm
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Guests include: Will Attig, Union Veterans Council Executive Director; Margaret Poydock, EPI policy analyst and government affairs specialist; Sam Epps, 2022 MWC Evening with Labor COPE Award-winner (UNITE HERE 25 Political Director); John Boardman, Joslyn N. Williams Vanguard Award winner (invited; former UNITE HERE 25 Executive Secretary-Treasurer); Chuck Clay, Joslyn N. Williams Vanguard Award winner (invited; IATSE Local 22, which is also a 2022 Organizing Award winner); Jon Melrod on the life and legacy of David Fagen during Black History Month.

Enforcing Migrant Workers' Labor Rights: Lessons from Trade Unions: Thu, February 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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Black Women's Power: Advancing Partnership Between Unions and Global Racial Justice Movements: Thu, February 23, 4pm - 6pm

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Pride at Work: Thu, February 23, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Everyone is welcome! Pride at Work is the advocacy and support group for LGBTQ+ workers.

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Union Vets leads delegation to express solidarity with Ukraine

Will Attig (UA; pictured left), executive director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO (UVC), led [link removed] a delegation of labor leaders and working people to meet with Ambassador Oksana Markarova (not pictured) at the Ukrainian Embassy. The delegation expressed the U.S. labor movement's solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Joining UVC in the delegation were representatives from the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), Mine Workers (UMWA), Machinists (IAM), Ironworkers, AFT, AFGE, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the Solidarity Center. Ambassador Markarova asked union members to express support for Ukraine. She was also interested in learning more about training, mental health and child assistance programs run by America's unions.

The Union Veterans Council is urging support for the rally this Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in support of Ukraine and its workers. "It is time Americans loudly stand in the streets in support of Ukraine," says the Council. [link removed] Click here for details and to RSVP.

Baltimore/DC's Pride at Work elects leadership

The Baltimore/DC Chapter of Pride at Work yesterday announced the results of elections to lead the local chapter of the AFL-CIO Constituency group. Joseph McCue (CWA) was elected President Chair, Cindy Sjoquist (AFA-CWA) is Secretary Chair, Jeff Wheeler (OPEIU) is Communications Chair, Allison Aguilar (Solidarity Center) is Legislative/Political Chair and Caleb Michael Files (Past AFL-CIO Communications) is Treasurer Chair. "Congratulations to the winners and please stay tuned for group actions within our communities which you are invited to attend in order to be a visible presence supporting LGBTQIA+ workers and their concerns," said McCue. Reach him at [email protected]

Friday deadline for Evening With Labor sponsorships

If you're considering sponsoring this year's Evening with Labor, this Friday is the deadline to do so. [link removed] CLICK HERE for details. ATU 689 president Raymond Jackson will receive the JC Turner Award For Outstanding Trade Unionist Of The Year, along with the rest of an impressive roster of area labor leaders and MWC affiliates. Download the order form [link removed] here. The event will be held Friday, March 3 at Martin's Crosswinds starting at 6p.

Labor Quote: Margaret Poydock
"Workers are turning to strikes to fight for better wages and working conditions, as well as union recognition."

Poydock is policy analyst and government affairs specialist at the Economic Policy Institute, which released its' report on [link removed] Major strike activity increased nearly 50% in 2022. Hear her at 1p today at 1p on WPFW's [link removed] Your Rights At Work radio show.

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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.

W.E.B. DuBois, educator and civil rights activist, born - 1868

Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land Is Your Land" following a frigid trip -- partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail -- from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" and resolved to himself: "We can't just bless America, we've got to change it" - 1940

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