SHAMEFUL BUSINESS: The "shameful" actions of corporate America will come under fire today with two separate events in the metro area. Hotel workers from the Sheraton Crystal City will rally at 4:30P to protest the company's union-busting tactics during the workers' attempts to unionize, and are calling for an outright boycott of their own hotel. Afterwards, Professor James A. Gross will speak on his new book A Shameful Business: The Case For Human Rights In The American Workplace at the National Labor College in Silver Spring at 7P. "For those seeking to bring the issue of human rights into the debate over labor law reform, this is a critically important book," say event organizers. Call 301-431-6400 for more information and to RSVP. Click here for the complete lineup of labor events on the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO's website.
PASSING THE HAT FOR STRIKING DAYCON WORKERS: Leaders and staff of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO and the Community Services Agency personally donated $400 this past week to help striking Daycon workers during their ongoing struggle, which is now in its seventh week. "Thanks very much to everyone who has contributed," says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. "This is a great gesture, but unfortunately we have not received many donations from other sources, which has placed a tremendous amount of strain on our agency and the workers." The Metro Council and CSA are strongly urging local unions and their membership to help the striking workers by donating non-perishable food items, checks or grocery gift cards; donations can be dropped off or mailed to the CSA - earmarked 'IBT Strikers' - at 888 16th Street, NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20006. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. - photo by Adam Wright
LARGEST DC GOVERNMENT UNION ENDORSES GRAY FOR DC MAYOR: The largest union representing District government employees "enthusiastically" endorsed DC Council Chair Vincent Gray (center) for mayor last Friday. The 8,000-member District Council 20 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) called for "grown folks leadership" in announcing the endorsement. "Vince Gray, as Council Chair, has earned the respect of his peers for his mature and effective leadership," said Geo T. Johnson, Council 20's executive director. "Opposing an incumbent mayor is a serious matter," Johnson said, "But in the short time that Adrian Fenty has been mayor, he has betrayed the trust of his supporters, slammed the door on unions, and refused to accept responsibility for his own cronyism and fiscal mismanagement." – photo by Chris Gregory/The GW Hatchet
LABOR PASSAGES: APALA National President John Delloro: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) National President John Delloro (l) passed away recently from a heart attack. Elected in 2009 as one of the youngest leaders to this position, Delloro also served as Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute where he was a member of the American Federation of Teachers. "As a nationally recognized union leader, labor educator, organizer, teacher and mentor, John Delloro touched the lives of many and will be remembered for his compassion, his generosity of spirit, and for his visionary leadership," said Kent Wong, APALA founding President. Delloro's first position in the labor movement was organizing hotel workers in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Culinary Workers Union 226. He went on to organize clerical workers with AFSCME, and health care workers with SEIU 399 in Los Angeles, California. Delloro is survived by his wife Dr. Susan Suh, a sociologist and community activist, and their two young children, Mina and Malcolm. - photo courtesy APALA
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: Helen Marot (at right) is born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family. She went on to organize the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in New York, and organized and led the city's 1909-1910 Shirtwaist Strike. In 1912, she was a member of a commission investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (1865); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Women's Trade Union League
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