BUILDING GOOD RELATIONSHIPS: Fifteen students from the GSA Building Futures Project got an up-close and personal site tour of the St. Elizabeth's West Campus redevelopment project with Clark Construction last Thursday. "It was my first time on a construction site," said student Kevin Ball, "I learned the ins and outs of the worksite and now I know how to build a good relationship with an employer. It was a great experience for me." Students met with Clark executives and project managers for an overview of the project, a safety orientation, and a walking tour of the erosion control and dirt removal work now underway. "This was a great opportunity for our students to see the real world of construction and to get excited about their future employment prospects," said Job Development Coordinator Jenna Gold. "The scale of this project is really impressive and the students had a lot of great questions about how it all works." The Building Futures Project currently has qualified graduates who are available for entry-level construction trades jobs, Gold reports. Interested hiring agents can contact her 202-974-8157 or firstname.lastname@example.org for candidate recommendations. - photo by Jenna Gold
MONTGOMERY COUNTY CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES POSTED ONLINE: Responses to the Metro Council's questionnaire by candidates in Montgomery County have just been posted online, where you can browse complete responses by 16 candidates. This expands the existing candidate questionnaire postings, which include DC City Council, Council Chair and Prince George's County Council, Charles, St Mary's and Calvert Counties.
DC JWJ FUNDRAISER "VOTE OF CONFIDENCE": Last Thursday's "I'll Be There Awards" raised more than $24,000 for DC Jobs with Justice, "and sponsorships are still coming in!" says JwJ's Ruth Castel-Branco. The response to the community-labor group's 8th annual fundraiser "was our best-ever and a real vote of confidence in the work we've all been doing to give workers a stronger and more effective voice in the District," Castel-Branco added. Click here to contribute and here to see photos from the event. - photo by Chris Garlock
YOUNG WORKERS "NEXT UP" TO LEAD LABOR MOVEMENT: Beginning late last week and continuing through the weekend, more than 400 young workers convened in the District for the AFL-CIO's first-ever Young Workers Summit. "This is the birth of change and you are the change makers," said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who convened the summit. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka said he was "humbled to be the oldest guy in the room," reports Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Political Coordinator Alya Solomon, who attended the 3-day summit. "This summit begins our work," added Trumka, "It will help define and shape it." Solomon told Union City the summit included "excellent workshops and panel discussions on topics such as issues of the new generation and young workers and the state of the American economy." The conference provided young workers with a chance to share their concerns, skills and visions about their role in the union movement and the movement's future with AFL-CIO leaders. Click herefor further coverage on the AFL-CIO's blog.
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: The first commercial computer, UNIVAC I, is installed at the U.S. Census Bureau (1951); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy The History of Computing Project
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