UFCW Local 1 has established a fund for members at the Jefferson Avenue Tops store in Buffalo, NY. Donations can be sent to Local One Relief Fund, 5911 Airport Road, Oriskany, NY 13424. “One hundred percent of the funds collected will be given to the members of the Jefferson Avenue story,” says Local 1, and a donation will be given to the family of Aaron Salter (photo), the retired Buffalo policeman and Tops security guard who “paid the ultimate price with his life, and saved countless lives with his heroic actions.”
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Solidarity With Korean Confederation of Trade Unions: Free Youn Taeg-Gun! Fri, May 20, 10am – 11am
Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2450 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Youn Taeg-gun, first vice president of the Korean Confederation Of Trade Unions, was arrested on May 4 for his leading role in a general strike last year. Join the call on President Yoon to release Youn Taeg-gun and end repression of Korean workers.
Mellody Hobson Protest outside Wm. & Mary Commencement at Zable Stadium: Fri, May 20, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Commencement speaker Mellody Hobson is the Chair of the Board of Starbucks and is overseeing massive union-busting there. Protest outside Zable Stadium: 100 Stadium Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Film: OFFICE SPACE (DC LaborFest): Fri, May 20, 7pm – 9pm
AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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DC LABOR HISTORY WALK: Sun, May 22, 10am – 1pm
$15 per person; all proceeds benefit MWC's Community Services Agency's Emergency Assistance Fund. CLICK HERE to order.
DC Labor Chorus Spring Concert (24th Annual): Sun, May 22, 4pm – 6pm
Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
We sing for solidarity. We sing for peace. We sing for jobs. We sing for justice. We sing for joy!
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Film: CANE FIRE (DC LaborFest): Sun, May 22, 6pm – 8pm
AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 ColesvilleRoad, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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This week’s Your Rights to Work radio show: Does Buffalo end the “Lone Wolf” theory? Bill Fletcher, Mike Wilson and Mark Gaston Pearce on the racist attack on Black shoppers and workers in Buffalo: does the mainstreaming of the baseless “replacement theory” by the GOP finally debunk the equally specious “Lone Wolf” theory? Plus: Peter Dreier on Major League Rebels & Baseball Rebels. CLICK HERE to listen.
The members of the Scholars Strategy Network Union have ratified a collective bargaining agreement with Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) management. This agreement is the first union contract for employees of SSN, who formed a union with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) in August 2020. “We are proud to deliver on the priorities of our unit, and our contract reflects our commitment to fair pay, improved working conditions, and clear expectations for career progression and job duties,” said the SSN Union Bargaining Team. “We believe in the mission of SSN, and that the continued democratization of our workplace will only help us achieve our goals.” The newly ratified contract raises pay for all employees, lays out a clear career progression, improves workplace transparency and communication, and raises the salary floor. Read more here.
A tentative agreement has been reached with ABC-Disney on a new contract. When ratified, the new contract will cover more than 3,000 daily hire and staff employees working as studio and field broadcast technicians, newswriters, producers, desk assistants, publicists, and other personnel at ABC Network news, sports and entertainment divisions, including in Washington, DC where the members are represented by NABET-CWA 31. The tentative agreement also provides for new offers of staff employment for no fewer than 35 full-time positions, with some staff hires in each ABC-Disney office.
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