Nearly 150 food and beverage and concessions workers at National Airport won union recognition on Thursday. The workers started organizing with UNITE HERE Local 23 after workers in the first food and beverage company in DCA won union recognition last Fall. The leaders at DCA’s Paradies Shops, which operates stores in airports, hotels, and other locations throughout the US and Canada, “built a strong majority of their coworkers to demand respect at DCA,” reports Local 23’s Sarah Jacobson. The organizing effort coincided with recent mass mobilizations resisting immigration enforcement in airports. “The reason we joined together is for respect,” said Committee leader Aschalew Asabie (far left in group photo) at the February 1 #NoBanNoWall action at DCA. “I came to this country from Ethiopia. A majority of the people who work in this airport are immigrants. We did not expect this when we moved to this country. But we are awake now, and we are going to demand respect every day!” photos by Unite Here Local 23
The Metro Washington Council and Community Services Agency's offices will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of the federal holiday. The next Union City will appear on Tuesday, February 21. The February Metro Council meeting will be held on Monday, February 27 (6:30p at the AFL-CIO).
Union City Radio: Weekdays, 7:15am; WPFW-FM 89.3
Film: "Brother Outsider"
Fri, February 17, 7pm – 9pm; Seeker's Church, 276 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Labor Theatre Production Fundraiser
Sun, February 19, 4pm – 7pm; Pelles Home, 2105 Seminary Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
$100 donation (but no one turned away)
NOVA YELL (Young Emerging Labor Leaders)
Mon, February 20, 5pm – 7pm; Ireland's Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Montgomery County workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2-year contract, reports UFCW 1994/MCGEO, which represents some 7,000 county workers. The agreement -- which still must be voted on by Local 1994 members -- "demonstrates the strength of unions to negotiate improvements in working conditions and improve the standard of living," said Cassandra Harper, an Adult Services Librarian who served on the bargaining team.
photo: at Feb 2 UFCW contract rally; Chris Garlock/Union City