WORKERS TO BATTLE TRADE LOBBY GOLIATH AT TODAY’S COUNCIL HEARING: District residents and workers will take on the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the anti-union trade lobby group, at a special City Council hearingon DC’s Employment and Trade Stimulus Amendment Act today at 10A. The bill would provide much-needed jobs and training programs for District residents. Sheet metal worker Kenneth Wiley and elevator constructor Sukarno Turner – who are but two of DC’s rapidly growing number of unemployed residents – are among many who plan to urge the City Council to move quickly to provide better access to jobs and training opportunities. Dozens of union members and allies are expected to attend the hearing, testify and show their support for the bill. Union City will post live coverage of the hearing on Twitter; click hereto follow us! - photo: area residents urged swift action by federal, state and local governments to provide jobs and training during the economic crisis at a demonstration in 2009; photo by Adam Wright
LOCAL TRANSIT UNION PRESIDENT SAYS SAFETY FOR WORKERS, RIDERS WITHIN REACH: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, beleaguered by deadly accidents in recent years, can be transformed into a safely run system, says the head of the Metro workers' union. “Effective oversight, dedicated funding and institutional accountability will restore the confidence of riders, workers and taxpayers who support the ailing system,” says ATU Local 689 President Jackie Jeter, recently appointed to a 20-member federal board responsible for studying and making recommendations to alleviate some of the challenges facing the nation’s second busiest rail system and other mass transit operations across the country. “This appointment is an honor on behalf of my members and the public that supports Metro,” noted Jeter, a former rail operator who has led ATU Local 689 since 2007. “My participation provides an opportunity to bring the perspective and expertise of frontline workers to help solve the problems plaguing Metro. There are no easy solutions, but with honest dialogue and a commitment to positive change, the world class system that Metro is destined to be is within our reach.” Click herefor the complete story. FRIDAY DEADLINE FOR NATS TIX: Time is running out to get your tickets for this year’s Labor Night at the Nats! “The deadline is fast approaching,” warns Community Services Agency (CSA) Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy, noting that ticket purchases must be finalized by this Friday, July 2 at 12P. The family event – scheduled for Friday, July 9 – benefits the CSA’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps area families in crisis. Click hereto download an event flyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order your tickets today! JUNE COUNCIL MINUTES NOW ONLINE: Draft minutes from the June Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Executive Board and Delegate meetings are now available for downloadon the Metro Council’s website. Mark your calendars for next month’s meeting when Delegates will hold a special session on Monday, July 16 at 6:30Pfor the sole purpose of taking action on endorsements in the remaining outstanding political races; watch Union City for further details.
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: Emma Goldman (r), women's rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 (1869); Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) founded in Chicago (1905); Alabama outlaws the leasing of convicts to mine coal, a practice that had been in place since 1848. In 1898, 73 percent of the state's total revenue came from this source. 25 percent of all black leased convicts died (1928); The Walsh-Healey Act took effect today. It requires companies that supply goods to the government to pay wages according to a schedule set by the Secretary of Labor (1936); Up to 40,000 New York construction workers demonstated in midtown Manhattan, protesting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s awarding of a $33 million contract to a nonunion company. Eighteen police and three demonstrators were injured. "There were some scattered incidents and some minor violence," Police Commissioner Howard Safir told the New York Post. "Generally, it was a pretty well-behaved crowd." (1998); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy Library of Congress
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