PARA-PROFESSIONALS, CLERICAL STAFF TO “RALLY FOR JUSTICE”: Members and staff of AFSCME Local 2921 – which represents Para-professionals and clerical staff at DCPS, Head Start, OPEFM and OSSE – will rally at 10A this Fridayoutside DCPS headquarters to protest being “targeted and run over by management and their lawyers.” AFSCME Local 2921 President Michael Flood told Union City that workers have been the target of attacks by management that have led to tenured workers being “RIF’ed, excessed, fired and reclassified out of union jobs.” He added, “AFSCME Local 2921 is faced with the paramount task of fighting for the rights and dignity of our members who have been targeted and fired along with DCPS teachers. We have lost several hundred members in the past two years and we need the labor community’s help this Friday to make the public aware of the serious problem that we are facing.” Click herefor details. - Essie Ablavsky, AFL-CIO Union Summer Intern
NBC-UNIVERSAL WORKERS’ FIGHT CONTINUES: Workers at NBC Washington – who have been without a contract since Spring 2009 – are still embroiled in ongoing contract negotiations, reports NABET-CWA Staff Representative Carrie Biggs-Adams (at left). “There are rumors that we’re about to close a deal, but we still don’t have anything to vote on,” Biggs-Adams told Union City late last week. “The major sticking point in the negotiations is the issue of jurisdiction - NBC-Universal has been combining the positions of camera people, those who write and produce the news and editors.” The union has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board and workers are picketing outside NBC studios in the District’s Northwest every Sunday. “This is a vigil for our labor rights as much as it is a protest,” says Biggs-Adams. “We are thankful for the support shown by the community. Unfortunately, the protracted negotiations have been hard on workers, who have not seen a raise in two years.” The union urges people to help support the workers by signing a pledge to “turn off channel 4,” which will be distributed to passersby every Sunday between 7:30A and 10A; click herefor details. - Essie Ablavsky, AFL-CIO Union Summer Intern; photo by Adam Wright
TODAY’S LABOR HISTORY: Twenty people, including at least nine firefighters, are killed in Boston’s worst fire. It consumed 65 downtown acres and 776 buildings over 12 hours (1872); Knights of Labor strike New York Central railroad, ultimately to be defeated by scabbing (1890); Nine men and one woman meet in Oakland, Calif. to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state (1927); United Papermakers & Paperworkers merge with Int'l Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite & Paper Mill Workers of the US & Canada to become United Paperworkers International Union (1972); 73,000 Bell Atlantic workers end a successful two-day strike over wages and limits on contracting out of work (1998); The United Steel Workers and Amicus, the largest manufacturing union in the United Kingdom, announce formation of a strategic alliance to work on a range of mutual concerns (2005); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services.
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