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Subject Support your local striker!
Date February 24, 2023 10:47 AM
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Support your local striker: Contribute to Local 689's Loudoun County Transit Strike Fund

CHECKED OUT report: How DOES Collects and Then Ignores Evidence of Wage Theft

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Three transit strike picket lines against Keolis: Woodbridge, Manassas & Leesburg: Fri, February 24, 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

Stand with Marriott Workers for a Fair Contract Now! Fri, February 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA ([link removed] map)

Free Virtual Labor Film Screenings in Honor of Black History Month: On-Demand Feb 24-28th (starts Fri 6pm)
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Hosted by Global Labor FilmFest Network (GLFF) 2023 Online Screening Series

Stand with Ukraine Rally in Washington DC: Sat, February 25, 2pm - 5pm

Lincoln Memorial * 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20002 US ([link removed] map)
[link removed] Union Vets leads delegation to express solidarity with Ukraine

Missed yesterday's Your Rights At Work on WPFW 89.3FM? [link removed] Catch it here! [link removed] Evening with Labor award-winners Sam Epps, UNITE HERE 25 Political Director and IATSE 22's Chuck Clay. EPI policy analyst and government affairs specialist Margaret Poydock: [link removed] Major strike activity increased nearly 50% in 2022. Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig: [link removed] Labor joins rally this Saturday at Lincoln Memorial supporting Ukraine.

Support your local striker: Contribute to Local 689's Loudoun County Transit Strike Fund

Saying that "We are nearing 50 days on strike and are in need of getting support to our members to help them stay out until they win," ATU President John Costa is urging area labor supporters to support striking Loudoun County transit workers - members of ATU Local 689 -- by contributing to the [link removed] Local 689 Loudoun County Transit Strike Fund. Fed up with a lack of progress in contract talks and unfair labor practices, over 140 Local 689-Washington, DC, members working for Loudoun County Transit contractor Keolis went on strike on January 11, in their fight for a fair and just contract. "Keolis has been delaying progress at the bargaining table by continuing to violate federal labor law at a staggering pace, with the National Labor Relations Board having found merit to at least 47 different Unfair Labor Practice Charges against Keolis," reports Costa. Although Loudoun County is one of the richest counties in the United States, Loudoun County Transit is the lowest-paying transit agency in the region.

CHECKED OUT report: How DOES Collects and Then Ignores Evidence of Wage Theft

Tipped workers in DC are at high risk of wage theft, and DC government does not do enough to protect them. That's according to a [link removed] new report out from DC Jobs With Justice and ROC-DC, released yesterday. "DC will eliminate the two-tier wage system in 2027, but until then, much is needed to stop and prevent tipped workers from having their wages stolen," says the report, written by Elizabeth Falcon and Margaret K. O'Hora. DC Jobs With Justice and Restaurant Opportunities Center- DC analyzed one year's worth of employee wage and tipping information provided by the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) to determine whether employers are following the law and, if not, what DOES is doing about it. "Our analysis found that DOES regularly receives evidence that employers are breaking the law, but does not act to deter or punish these violations." [link removed] Read more here.

Last chance for Evening with Labor ads!

Today's the deadline for ads in the Evening with Labor program guide; [link removed] download the order form here. Tickets for the March 3 celebration of metro-area labor will still be available after today; [link removed] click here for details and to order.

Labor Quote: Edgar Daniel Nixon

"Because of your courage in face of known danger I want to commend you for your stand for the people of color all over the world, and [especially] the people in Montgomery. Your action took the fear out of the Negroes and made the white man see himself as he is."

Labor organizer and civil rights activist Edgar Daniel Nixon died on February 25, 1987. While working as a Pullman porter, Nixon organized the Montgomery local of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and served as its president for many years. He was a key organizer of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and co-founder of the Montgomery Improvement Association.

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.

February 24
Women and children textile strikers beaten by Lawrence, Mass. police during a 63 day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups - 1912

February 25

Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America change name to Amalgamated Transit Union - 1965

February 26
A coal slag heap doubling as a dam in West Virginia's Buffalo Creek Valley collapsed, flooding the 17-mile long valley. 118 died, 5,000 were left homeless. The Pittston Coal Co. said it was "an Act of God." - 1972

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