YOUNG WORKERS SUPPORT LOCAL HOTEL WORKERS: More than 200 young workers from across the country braved sweltering DC heat and rush hour crowds last Friday to demonstrate their solidarity with local hotel workers. As part of the AFL-CIO's “Next Up” Young Worker Summit, participants organized an action in solidarity with a local struggle, the efforts of UNITE HERE members to maintain good wages and benefits at several hotels recently bought by the Columbia-Sussex company. Bearing hand-made signs and bullhorns, summit participants, joined by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler, marched down Connecticut Ave and rallied in front of the Westin City Center, a non-union hotel where Columbia-Sussex slashed pay and benefits after taking over. - Mackenzie Baris; photos by Steve McFarland. Click herefor more photos
MD/DC STATE FED HONORS LAUTAR, CEFALU & MOORE AT "SALUTE TO LEADERSHIP": The contributions of Jim Lautar (l), Buddy Cefalu and Bob Moore to the labor movement will be honored at the Maryland State and District of Columbia’s "Salute to Leadership"this Friday. Lautar is the former coordinator of the IAM National Pension Fund, Cefalu is the President of the Mid-Atlantic States Ironworkers District Council and Moore is the former President of SEIU 1199E-DC. "Workers across our region are confronted with some pretty hard challenges," says State Fed President Fred Mason. "Hard won improvements in earnings, benefits and the overall quality of life are at risk, (so) the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO is building a new unity within labor and with our allies.” Click herefor ticket information. - photo courtesy IAM
WRITING LOCALLY: “Continue hounding unions for news items,” wrote one Union City reader in our recent bi-annual reader survey. “We don't always remember to share our struggles and victories.” The daily publication – “useful info, easy to read, colorful and attractive!” according to one reader -- continues to be highly popular with the readership of more than 12,000 activists, who say they depend on it for their news about the local labor movement. Indeed, 74% say they always read Union City, and 58% find the information “very useful.” “This is the best labor info tool anyplace,” wrote one reader. “Excellent. I always share Union City with others across the country; my favorite is local labor news.” Local labor news was the top choice of 69% of readers, with Labor History close behind at 63%; national labor news was the favorite of 47%, with 45% voting for the Hiring Hall Edition – “Union City helped me help two progressive young women find organizing jobs in the labor movement,” said one reader, “What could be more useful than that!” -- and 33% for the calendar. Profiles drew a solid 16% rating and the Labor Quote Contest 9%. “The reporting has continued to improve, photos have gotten better and the calendar remains a great source for upcoming labor and community events,” said another reader. “Keep up the good work!” Added another, “I am really proud that our central labor council is so effective in communicating with union members and allies.” Nearly 350 readers participated in the survey, a new record, and nearly 200 responded with comments and suggestions for improvements, which are now under review (although not the suggestion that “If you send it out 2 times a day it would be twice as good”). Survey prize-winners – drawn at random from those completing the survey – are Laurent Ross, Carrie Biggs-Adams and Lara Manzione. - photo by Adam Wright
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded (1908); The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers Union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities (1947); Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees International Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day (1990); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Southern California Library
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