Nurses and first responders will call on DC Mayor Vincent Gray and the DC City Council this morning to ensure that health care workers and the public are protected against the spread of the Ebola virus. “In light of the recent situation in Northern Virginia with first responders unable to take a possible Ebola patient to the closest hospital because that hospital was not prepared, it is critical that the DC government act now,” said District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) Acting Executive Director Edward J. Smith. DCNA and Fire Fighters Local 36 are calling on the DC Mayor and City Council to immediately ensure that strict Ebola protocols and workplace safety standards are in place at all DC health care institutions. They’ll be holding a brief press conference to outline the necessary actions on the steps of the Wilson Building this morning prior to testifying at a City Council Committee on Health hearing.
Union members across Liberia have taken the lead in Ebola education and prevention among workers and their families, holding awareness trainings for thousands of workers and supplying them with hand-washing buckets and sanitization cleansers donated in part through the Solidarity Center West Africa Ebola Fund. If you have not yet donated, please take a moment to donate now. Read more at the Solidarity Center.
The upcoming elections and solidarity actions dominated Monday’s Metro Council meetings. There were extensive reports and discussions on the local labor Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, as well as planned actions by the postal workers, the Troublemakers School and more. Click here for draft minutes: Delegate Meeting; Executive Board meeting.
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UFCW Local 400 members at Kroger have extended their current contract through October 31. The contract was set to expire October 15. ”We have been working hard to get the best possible deal, but in order to get what we deserve, and to get it done right, we need more time,” the local’s bargaining committee at Kroger reported...