Looking to put the union in Union Kitchen, a majority of workers at three of the local company’s locations in the District are seeking to unionize with UFCW Local 400. Employees with the union organizing committee cite several concerns leading up to the union effort, including understaffing, retention, pay discrepancies and COVID leave policies. Workers presented signed union authorization cards to management last week, and requested voluntary recognition of the union. The three locations forming a union include 1625 Eckington Pl NE, 538 Third St NE, and 1251 9th St NW.
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Over 70 George Mason University students, faculty and non-union contracted janitors rallied last Thursday outside of the President’s house to protest charges against the school’s cleaning contractor for making janitors endure physical pain to take on extra work cleaning the President’s house during a severe staffing shortage. Among many of the problems with previous GMU contractors and subcontractors, according to SEIU 32BJ, are charges of bounced checks and late paychecks that companies settled with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rather than go to trial over charges by janitors who filed three sets of labor charges. Last year, over 220 faculty, staff, students and alumni among others signed a George Mason University-American Association of University Professors resolution to support GMU contracted janitors.
Hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE last Thursday called on major hotel owners called REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) to stop pushing for job cuts and asked leaders in DC to close the tax loophole that enables REITs to avoid paying taxes on billions paid to investors. Hotel workers across the U.S. organized the Jan. 27 National Day of Action to shine a light on the "shadow boss" hotel owners they say are driving cuts to jobs and services in the hospitality industry.