- report/photos by Chris Garlock/Union City; click below for the full report and more photos
“We hope that soon our fight will be coming to an end,” said Legesse Woldearegay, a security officer at National in a letter that was delivered along with the signed petition. “And that our light will shine on the dome of MWAA headquarters and that our voices will be heard in the board of directors’ office.” While hundreds rallied outside the MWAA, head of human resources Anthony J. Vegliante welcomed a delegation of workers and union leaders and told them “I hear you and I will share your message with the CEO and the board.”
The workers were part of a nationwide strike in April to protest alleged unlawful treatment by their employers, Eulen American and Airport Terminal Services. Contracted airport workers have received support from numerous high-level leaders including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer as well as actor and anti-poverty activist Danny Glover. In June, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez walked through DCA with workers who shared with him their stories of struggling to make ends meet on poverty wages and demonstrated how they keep the airport safe, clean and running smooth.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock/Union City; click here for the Washington Post report