Eric Starin, OPEIU 2: reported that Local 2's contract at WMATA expires June 30 "and it's going to be real tough," noting that WMATA has hired -- at great expense -- thelawyer who helped break Detroit unions.
John Shields, SMART 100: the local has signed two new full mechanical contractors, W.E. Bowers and Associates Inc and SSM Industries.
Chuck Clay: IATSE 22: very sad to report that they lost Douglas Grekin, Vice President for Local 22, who died unexpectedly while on the road with a production. The delegates observed a moment of silence in honor of Brother Grekin (right).
Dena Briscoe, APWU 140: their contract at the USPS expired last May and is now in interest arbitration; the USPS wants to add a fourth lower wage tier and eliminate the no lay-off clause.
Bruce Wolf, OPEIU 2: reported on upcoming March 19 DC labor peace and justice vigil to end war; details are now posted on the Council's calendar.
Jim Griffin, IBEW 1900: The local is expecting a decision on the Exelon-PepCo merger any day. Griffin also reported that Local 1900 is trying to organize the Calvert Cliffs power plant now, "so if any unions have members working for maintenance contractors, please let us know."
Gwend Johnson, DC CBTU: CBTU's convention will be held in DC May 20-25 at the Washington Hilton; all are invited to attend. The DC chapter is also asking for volunteers to help with the convention. Reach her at [email protected].