Teamsters 96 has reached a tentative agreement with AltaGas negotiators on a new contract for Washington Gas workers. “We’ve won a fair contract that delivers more than 15% in our paychecks over five years and protects quality, affordable healthcare for our members,” said Local 96 in a statement. Last week the Local 96 members had overwhelmingly approved a strike if no settlement was reached.
It sounds like the latest hot music duo, but Scabby the Rat and the SMART Fat Cat are actually two giant inflatables being brought in to The Music Center at Strathmore this Sunday by the Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, IATSE Local 868, to draw attention to the music center’s plans to replace the people who sell tickets with machines leased at a price higher than what they currently pay their very human ticket sellers. “This is only the latest insult by Strathmore managers directed at workers by the largely publicly funded performing arts center,” reports Local 868; Strathmore reneged on a contract with its staff last year. The protest starts at 5p; details in the Calendar, above.
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Ticket Sellers Protest Poor Treatment by Strathmore Music Center: Sun, May 30, 5pm – 7pm
Protesting ticket sellers and supporters protest against The Music Center at Strathmore’s poor treatment of workers and plan to replace humans with machines
Near Strathmore entrance, Rockville Pike/Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md., and on the nearby pedestrian bridge
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Missed this week’s Your Rights At Work radio show? Catch the podcast here. This week's show: After Wednesday’s shootings in San Jose, Nurse Consultant – and DCNA member -- Laverne Plater discusses workplace violence and mental health. Strathmore Music Center is threatening to replace ticket-sellers there with machines; Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, IATSE Local 868 Business Agent Anne Vantine tells us what’s at stake. DC workers notch a victory against wage theft; Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director at DC Jobs With Justice, reports. Plus: WPFW’s Spring Pledge Drive; click here to support Your Rights At Work on Union City Radio (be sure to scroll down to Your Rights At Work) on the Jazz & Justice station in the nation’s capital.
The Urban Institute has recognized their staff’s union, the Urban Institute Employees Union, which is organized with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). “The formation of our union is rooted in our commitment to improving the Urban Institute’s principles as a workplace and research institution,” said the UIEU organizing committee. “We are thrilled that Urban has voluntarily recognized the Urban Institute Employees Union and look forward to getting to the bargaining table to strengthen the voices of all workers at Urban and ensure that it is an inclusive and nurturing workplace for all its employees.” Follow the Urban Institute Employees Union and NPEU on Twitter for updates.
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