From Metro Washington Labor Council AFL-CIO <[email protected]>
Subject In the air and on the ground with Iron 5
Date February 28, 2023 10:47 AM
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In the air and on the ground with Iron 5

Appreciating our fire fighters

2023 EVENING WITH LABOR PREVIEW: AFGE's Ottis Johnson to receive Community Services Award

Labor Quote

Today's Labor History

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Transit Strike Picket Lines in Leesburg, Woodbridge and Manassas: Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2023
Prince William County Transit - Teamsters Local 639; 14700 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge,VA. (3:30 am to 5 pm); 7850 Doane Drive, Manassas, VA ( 9 am - 5 pm)

Loudoun County Transit - ATU Local 689; 43031 Loudoun Center Place, Leesburg - 3:30 am to 3 pm. Donate to the ATU689 strike fund at: [link removed] Local 689 Loudoun County Transit Strike Fund by clicking here.

MWC Delegates Meeting: Tue, February 28, 5pm - 7pm

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Free Virtual Labor Film Screenings in Honor of Black History Month: On-Demand through Feb 28th; [link removed] CLICK HERE for details and free tickets. Hosted by Global Labor FilmFest Network (GLFF) 2023 Online Screening Series.

MWC Evening with Labor: Fri, March 3, 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr, Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA ([link removed] map)
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In the air and on the ground with Iron 5

"When they ask you what you do, tell `em, `Whatever it takes!' said Iron Workers Local 5 in a Feb. 24 [link removed] Facebook post showing Local 5 and Berlin Steel "hard at work in Washington DC."

Appreciating our fire fighters

"Congratulations to Technician James Parsons Jr of Engine Company No. 1 on his well deserved retirement after 30 years, 9 months, and 27 days of dedicated service to the District of Columbia," said DC Firefighters Local 36 in a [link removed] Feb. 22 post. "We wish Brother Parsons a safe, long and happy retirement."

2023 EVENING WITH LABOR PREVIEW: AFGE's Ottis Johnson to receive Community Services Award

The Thomas M. Bradley Community Services Award recognizes commitment to a total community services effort on behalf of the labor movement in the metro Washington area. This year's winner is Ottis Johnson AFGE National Vice President, District 14. The 2023 Evening with Labor will be held this Friday, March 3, at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt; [link removed] click here to order tickets.


Ottis Johnson is AFGE National Vice President, District 14. District 14 represents DC and federal government employees in the D.C. metropolitan area and Europe. Elected to his position in September 2020, NVP Johnson has been a union activist for more than 29 years. He began his activism in 1994 as a steward for the United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2011, he began his federal career with the National Gallery of Art and immediately joined AFGE. NVP Johnson held several positions in his local, AFGE Local 1831, to include steward, local treasurer (current), and local president. Johnson continues to be an active member in his union and his community. He is the pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD; Executive Board Member on the AFL-CIO Metropolitan Washington Central Labor Council; National Vice President for the AFL-CIO Maryland & District of Columbia State Federation; member of AFGE's Veterans Council; former president of AFGE Council 1; member of the Maryland Democrats; member of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; member of A. Philip Randolph Institute; lifetime member of the NAACP; member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women; presidential-level PAC contributor; member of the Poor People's Campaign; and member of Prince Edward Lodge #1, Prince Hall Origin, Inc. Johnson is a proud veteran of the United States Army. He and his wife Tracey reside in Owings Mills, Maryland, and are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.


Labor Quote: Martin Luther King Jr.

"Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together."

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Buffalo Soldier turned revolutionary. Last week's show: [link removed] Celebrating Black History Month.

The minimum age allowed by law for workers in mills, factories, and mines in South Carolina is raised from twelve to fourteen - (Actually Leap Year Feb. 29) 1915

Members of the Chinese Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in San Francisco's Chinatown begin what is to be a successful four-month strike for better wages and conditions at the National Dollar Stores factory and three retail outlets - 1938

In response to the layoff of 450 union members at a 3M factory in New Jersey, every worker at a 3M factory in Elandsfontein, South Africa, walks off the job in sympathy - 1986.

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