In late 2018, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers went on strike, fighting for a new contract that would reduce workplace injuries, end forced overtime, and gain pay equity for women workers. On November 27th, the Canadian government forced postal workers back to work, defying Canada’s Charter of Human Rights. As the Canadian postal workers and their domestic and other international allies fight back, members of the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers are rallying today at 12:30pm (see Calendar for details).
This past November, workers in Alexandria’s DASH bus system voted overwhelmingly to join the ATU. Last week, however, the company fired LaTonya Robinson, “probably our best leader during the organizing drive,” reports ATU Field Mobilization Specialist John Ertl. “They got her on two technical infractions of very broadly-written work rules,” Ertl says, noting that “This is a crisis for us as we are just about to enter bargaining, and the company is hoping that her termination may have a chilling effect on the workforce.” Reinstatement of Robinson is now one of the union’s key goals, along with continuing to expose DASH’s anti-union activities (click here to see ATU’s Chris Townsend’s remarks at last week’s DASH Board meeting). Meanwhile, Robinson’s coworkers at DASH haven’t taken her firing sitting down, circulating a petition demanding her reinstatement. “If management thinks this is going to stop us from organizing, they’re wrong because it’s had nothing but the opposite effect,” declared fellow DASH driver and union activist Tyler Boos.
photo: ATU Local 689 activists and DASH drivers
ATU Shutdown Suppers: Continue all week, 12pm – 6pm at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center, 10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903. Hosted by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Rep. Jamie Raskin to support furloughed federal workers. Workers only need to bring their federal employee identification card to receive a free meal for them and their family.
Food pick-up/drop-off: The Metro Washington Council’s Community Services Agency is both accepting and providing donations of non-perishable food for federal workers. “Please ensure that food is not expired. We can also use canvas grocery bags,” says Executive Director Sonte DuCote. email her at[email protected] to arrange pick-up or drop-off.
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