ATU Local 689 and allies will hold a “Truth, Unity, & Justice Rally” today at noon outside Metro Center at the corner of 12th & G St. NW. The transit union says Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld lied and betrayed public trust by giving white supremacists a private car during last Sunday’s “Unite the Right” rally after saying they wouldn’t do so. The union is calling for the Wiedefeld’s termination. photo courtesy Victoria Sanchez/ABC7
DC Jobs with Justice has received a grant from the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund to do outreach to workers and connect them with resources to address sexual assault and harassment on the job. “Too many of our fellow workers are taken advantage of in this way, and we are proud to stand with them as they fight back,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Falcon (hear her on today's "Your Rights At Work" radio show; see Calendar). DC Jobs with Justice is one of just 18 nonprofit organizations across the country to receive a grant from the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which awarded a total of $750,000 dollars in grants to support groups serving low-wage workers who have experienced sexual harassment and related retaliation in the workplace. “No worker at any job should ever have to endure abuse for a paycheck,” said Sharyn Tejani, Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.
Yanira Merino has been elected president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. Merino is the first woman and first immigrant to serve as President of LCLAA. In 2000 she began her work as the National Immigration Coordinator for the Laborer’s (LiUNA). She has since worked in numerous organizing campaigns, as well as in immigration efforts and Central America Solidarity in the U.S. Yanira Merino was born in El Salvador, she immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s at the time of an ongoing war at home. She joined the U.S. labor movement when she and co-workers organized a union to confront poverty wages, wage theft, discrimination, and unsafe conditions at a shrimp factory where they worked in Los Angeles.
In his official biography, “George Meany and His Times,” Meany said that he had "never walked a picket line" in his life. He also said he took part in only one strike (against the United States Government to get higher pay for plumbers on welfare jobs). Yet he also firmly said that "You only make progress by fighting for progress."
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