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Union City Radio on WPFW 89.3FM
Weekdays, 7:15am – 7:20am
Union City Radio: Your Rights at Work
Thu, January 31, 1pm – 3pm
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UNITE HERE 23 shutdown assistance clinic #1
Thu, January 31, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
UNITE HERE 23, 1225 S Clark St. Arlington, VA 22202
Metro Washington Council Delegate Meeting (NOTE DIFFERENT DATE/LOCATION!)
Thu, January 31, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
ATU Local 689, 2701 Whitney Place Forestville, MD 20747
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Fri, February 1, 11am – 12pm
1608 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
The 35-day federal government shutdown/lockout left the U.S. aviation system near collapse, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) says. And it could happen again as soon as mid-February, warns union President Paul Rinaldi. Rinaldi reviewed the shutdown and its impact in a Jan. 29 speech to the Aero Club of Washington – a group of private pilots, interests concerned with aviation (including unions) and others – and a follow-up q-&-a with reporters. “Can this happen again?” he asked rhetorically in his speech. “Yes.” The air traffic impact alone affected 12 million people directly, millions more indirectly, and impacted 1/20th of the U.S. economy. “It’s the proverbial Humpty-Dumpty,” Rinaldi told reporters afterwards about the shutdown. “Put it back together, but it could fall down again. “Of this shutdown/lockout, he later added: “It’s terrorism.” Air traffic controllers played a key role in ending the shutdown/lockout. Trump finally caved in after an hour-and-22-minute morning shutdown of New York’s busy LaGuardia Airport due to lack of staffing, that rippled throughout the U.S. air system.
- Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer; photo: federal employees protest at Seattle-Tacoma airport; photo by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times, from NATCA's Twitter feed
Printcraft Sunday Morning Rollers 4 win CSA bowling tourney; Iron 5’s Billy Cleland’s perfect game
The Printcraft Sunday Morning Rollers 4 team took first place in last Sunday’s Community Services Agency’s Bowling for Gold tournament, racking up 3,070 points to edge out second-place winners Sunday Morning Rollers 1, who had 3,027. Iron Workers Local 5 was third with 2,947, though team member Billy Cleland isn’t complaining after rolling a perfect 300 game. Individual winners were CJ Johnson (PC Sunday Morning Rollers 7) whose 714 score won him first place, Nate Colding (PC Sunday Morning Rollers 2) 704 for second and Ton Lyles (PC Sunday Morning Rollers 2), 701 for third place. "Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who turned out,” said CSA Executive Director Sonte DuCote. “We’re so happy everyone had a good time. The real winners are of course the local workers and their families who will be helped by the Emergency Assistance Fund, which the tournament benefited. Thank you!"
photo: the morning Printcraft teams with longtime tourney organizer Fred Allen (front right with cap); photo by Chris Garlock
Evening with Labor ad deadline tomorrow
Deadline for ads in the 2019 Evening with Labor program guide is this Friday, February 1. Show your appreciation and solidarity with this year’s winners -- including Organizing Award winners IATSE Local 22 (photo) by placing an ad purchasing tickets for the dinner, which is set for Saturday, March 2 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. Click here for the ad/ticket order form. Download, complete and fax -- 202 974-8152 – mail, or email to [email protected].
photo: IATSE 22 members set up for rally at AFL-CIO against the shutdown earlier this month; photo from IATSE 22 Twitter feed