TEAM SOLIDARITY NETS NATS WIN ON LABOR NIGHT:More than 5,000 area union members and their families joined a packed crowd at Friday’s fourth annual Labor Night at the Nats, as the home team clobbered the Giants in a 8-1 victory. AFGE 3615’s Juanita Jackson threw out the ceremonial first pitch, OPEIU 2 member and AFSCME staffer Renee Barnes once again sang a rousing National Anthem, the Nats awarded the night’s Spirit Award to Metro Council President Jos Williams, Community Services Agency Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Northern Virginia Labor’s Dan Duncan (above) and Iron Worker 5 apprentice director David McNair's son, Tyler, was featured in the pre-game trivia contest broadcast on the big screen and won. Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg allowed a homer on his fifth pitch of the game -- a 97-mph fastball – before retiring 18 of the next 21 batters, striking out eight of them to notch his first win since June 13. Perhaps in the night’s union spirit of solidarity – vocal union t-shirt-clad fans dotted the stands -- Strasburg’s teammates stepped up and backed him up with a string of hits, including Adam Dunn’s two homers, repeatedly bringing the crowd to their feet and sending them satisfied with a convincing win. Labor Night at the Nats raises funds for CSA's Emergency Assistance Fund. - report/photos by Chris Garlock
LABOR PHOTO: “Thou Shalt Not Steal” Say Restaurant Workers: Former employees of The Reserve restaurant were joined by DC Jobs with Justice and dozens of labor allies and community supporters Friday afternoon in front of the L Street eatery as they demanded tens of thousand in back wages they're owed by restaurant owner Moe Hamden. - photo by Adam Wright
PRO-ACTIVE CAMPAIGN SAVES UNION JOBS AT GIANT WAREHOUSE: "We just didn't back down," says Teamsters 730 President Ritchie Brooks. The union last week announced that Giant had agreed not to lay off any unionized workers at its dry goods distribution business in Jessup, Maryland, when it outsources the work later this year to Jessup Logistics LLC, an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers. Brooks credits an aggressive internal pressure campaign for saving almost 500 union jobs at Giant. "We stood up to them and said Hey, you're not taking our jobs." Click herefor the complete report. - Chris Garlock
SHAW'S WAREHOUSE WORKERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT, ENDING STRIKE: Associates at the Shaw's Methuen (MA) distribution center have ratified a mediator-recommended settlement agreement, ending the strike that began March 7 (Local UFCW Members Support Strikers In Massachusetts5/3/2010 UC). "Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at Shaw's," said UFCW Local 400 President Tom McNutt, "Just as their struggle was our struggle, we share their victory as well and look forward to a victory soon for the striking Teamsters at Daycon here in Washington and at Mott's in upstate New York." Click herefor the complete report. - photo by Marc Goumbri
CORRECTION: Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt (r) "was, unfortunately, a Democrat - not a Republican," notes reader Erik Brown (Labor History, 7/1/2010). Babbitt deployed state police and National Guardsmen to assist Phelps-Dodge during the long 1983-84 strike by copper miners. - photo courtesy Phoenix New Times
UNION VOICE: Readers Write: "I'm an unemployed Wisconsinite," writes Union City reader Merritt Bussiere from Kewaunee, Wisconsin. "A compañero in DC added me to your mailing list. So, starting out, I was in it for the Hiring Hall. But Today's Labor History has become my favorite feature. So inspiring and helps me keep my eyes on the prize."
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: Bisbee, Ariz. deports Wobblies; 1,186 miners sent into desert in manure-laden boxcars. They had been fighting for improved safety and working conditions (1917); The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff (l) (1933); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy horror.com
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