A recent mailing promoting the 2014 edition of the Directory of U.S. Labor Organizations caught the eye of a local printer’s union. “It has no union label!” says Janice Bort of GCIU/IBT Local 72-C. Bort says that since Bloomberg bought the Bureau of National Affairs, which publishes the Directory as well as many other labor-focused publications, the once-ubiquitous union bug has been increasingly hard to spot. The Directory mailing “is only one example of a number of items being printed for unions that no longer carry the union label by BNA/Bloomberg,” says Bort. “If you get a publication or book from BNA Books that does not have a union label we need to let them know it is not OK.” Local 72 is checking to see whether the Directory itself was published by a union printshop; BNA Books/Bloomberg owns McArdle Printing Company. one of the oldest union companies in Washington, DC.
Dozens of area churches, synagogues and temples will participate in this unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the Common Good, dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace. Contact Nikki Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how your congregation can participate. Click here for details on our local labor calendar.
Jews United for Justice’s two long-time, dedicated organizers, Monica Kamen and Katie Ashmore, are leaving JUFJ next month for other exciting work. Kamen (at left in photo) will be the new Advocacy Coordinator at the DC Fair Budget Coalition, and Ashmore (right) will be leading a new housing initiative in Montgomery County. “Both brought tremendous passion and skill to their work at JUFJ and helped lead us to victories for Maryland marriage equality, the Maryland DREAM Act, a regional $11.50 minimum wage, and paid sick leave in DC,” says JUFJ. And while JUFJ will miss them both, they’re looking to fill their positions as quickly as possible to continue their important work: check out the job description, share widely, and consider applying.