The transit workers union blasted Metro’s announcement on Tuesday that it’s looking to privatize six new stations on the Silver Line. “Privatization is not a cost saving,” said ATU Local 689, “but instead drives up fares, jeopardizes safety, results in service cuts, and fosters an environment for political corruption because it puts profits ahead of the riding public.” The union called the move “another example of WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's failed leadership and wasteful spending” and renewed its call for Wiedefeld's firing. photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post
The AFL-CIO has launched its daily Labor to Labor phonebank in the Lewis Room at the 16th Street headquarters. “This year we’re doing volunteer recruitment, signing people up to attend local walks and phone banks,” says Kevin Byrne. “We're not talking about candidates and we are calling likely volunteers so the calls have been much friendlier and many people are eager to help.” The phonebank runs 11a to 5p every weekday; click here to sign up. photo by Kevin Byrne
Ahead of a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence, politicians and safety officials tell the public to evacuate early and not wait until conditions get bad. We all know that you can lose your home and your belongings, but politicians never talk about the fact that during a disaster, many people can lose their jobs as well, reports Jobs with Justice's Joel Mendelson. Even when there are mandatory evacuation orders, many businesses insist that employees still show up for work. Many more won’t pay employees for time missed ahead of, during and after a storm. This forces many to make an impossible choice between protecting their lives or protecting their jobs. As our climate changes, we can expect stronger hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Now is the time to write new rules to ensure working people can protect themselves and their livelihoods before, during and after big disasters. - AFL-CIO blog
Well the man who invented the steam drill
thought he was mighty fine
John Henry drove his 15 feet
the steam drill only made nine, Lord, Lord
the steam drill only made nine.
From Harry Belafonte’s version of the classic song “John Henry”
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