GRAY FUNDRAISER PROVIDES VIEW FROM THE TOP: With hundreds planning on attending and thousands of dollars already raised, excitement is building for tonight's labor reception and fundraiser for DC Mayoral candidate Vince Gray (at right). The reception runs from 5P-7P on the IBEW's rooftop deck overlooking downtown Washington. In addition to Metro Council affiliate leaders, delegates and supporters, attendees include national leaders such as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Executive Vice-President Arlene Holt Baker and IBEW President Ed Hill. "This is local labor's chance to show our grassroots power and support for the next Mayor of the District of Columbia," says Metro Council President Jos Williams. "Plus, it's going to be a fun summer evening atop the new IBEW headquarters!" Unionized Avalon Catering is providing refreshments. Make checks payable to "Vince Gray for Mayor" and bring them to the reception; maximum contribution is $2,000 per local, international or individual. Please RSVP to Alya Solomon: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot attend, send your checks to the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO: 888 16th Street NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20006. – photo: Vince Gray talks with Executive Board members at the May Metro Council meeting; photo by Chris Garlock
WORKPLACE SAFETY TOWN HALL TONIGHT: “An average of 14 workers die each day in this country because the current occupational safety and health laws are weak,” says Sara Markle-Elder, who is organizing tonight’s town hall meetingon tough new legislation that seeks to strengthen mine and workplace safety rules. “The Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act (H.R. 5663) will be the first update to the Occupational Safety and Health Act since it passed in 1970,” adds Markle-Elder, “it’s critical that we tell Congress to pass this bill!” The town hall meeting – which starts at 7P at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington – is sponsored by the National Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, the Northern Virginia Area Labor Federation, the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO and the Virginia AFL-CIO. Click herefor details.
LABOR PROFILE: Paola Encarnacion, DC JWJ Intern: “Determination is my key to success,” declares D.C. Jobs with Justice intern Paola Encarnacion (below), “everyone tells me I am going to be just like (Supreme Court nominee) Sonia Sotomayor and make history.” The Dominican Republic native -- who’s lived in Washington for the past two years -- graduated this past year from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School where she actively participated after school in the District’s Department of Employment Services inter-school program. Through the D.O.E.S inter-school program, Encarnacion worked with many local non-profits, including the Latin American Youth Center, D.C. Access Language Coalition, and the Empower Youth Network, as well as connecting Encarnacion with her current internship with D.C. Jobs with Justice. “This summer, I have been assisting DC Jobs with Justice in organizing area day laborers,” says Encarnacion. “I have also been helping victims of wage theft and am generating turnout for local demonstrations and events.” This Fall, Encarnacion will attend Ohio Northern University where she plans on majoring in English, with a minor in Spanish. “I really enjoy helping people,” adds Encarnacion. – report/photo by Boaz Young-El, AFL-CIO Union Summer Intern
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