Workers at TW Perry are threatening to walk off the job at the local contractor supply dealer. “We’re holding off at the request of the mediator,” says Teamsters 639 Business Agent Bill Davis, “but the guys are really fed up with the company’s failure to bargain in good faith.”
OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families (click here for the Metro Washington Council’s list of endorsed candidates). And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. Click below to find out what else you can do...
AFGE Local 2978 – which represents workers at the DC Department of Health – plans a noontime rally Monday to protest the closure of DC Healthy Start. “The District’s infant mortality program has significantly reduced the numbers of babies who have died during their first year of life,” says DC Nurses Association Acting Executive Director Ed Smith. DCNA will also be supporting the rally. "Queries to Mayor Gray about this program remain unanswered,” adds Smith. “Specifically, who is going to take care of the mothers and children that DOH is forcing nurses to abandon?" There are also concerns about the pending privatization of the well-established program. Details of the rally will be posted on the Council’s calendar.
Letisha Coplin's been driving a taxi in the nation's capital for 48 years. If her new union, Teamsters Local 922, wins its battle against unregulated car services such as Uber and Lyft, she'll be able to keep driving. Unfortunately for Coplin and other D.C. taxi drivers, who earlier this week staged their third mass protest in front of the Wilson Building, this year they didn't win.
The Inter-American Court for Human Rights ordered the Dominican Republic to reform all national laws blocking the recognition of citizenship for children of undocumented parents born in the country. In September 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court revoked the citizenship of individuals born in the country since 1929 who could not prove their parents’ regular migration status. The law disproportionately affected individuals of Haitian descent living and working in the Dominican Republic. Read more at the Solidarity Center.