“Don't Destroy Maryland Jobs,” Safeway Urged
Teamsters Local 730 has launched an online petition asking Safeway to delay its decision to close its local distribution center, threatening 900 area jobs. Teamsters and their supporters will be out leafleting local Safeway stores again this Sunday from 10a-2p (see below for the list). Local 730 president Ritchie Brooks urged Safeway to “work with elected officials and (Safeway) employees to try to find a way to keep these jobs in Maryland.”
Safeway stores being leafleted Sunday, November 1:
1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20007
12410 Fairwood Pkwy; Bowie, MD 20720
4101 North View Dr.; Bowie, MD 20716
15916 South Crain Hwy; Brandywine, MD 20613
7605 South Crain Hwy; Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Fired Hair Stylist Fights Back
After hair stylist Blanca de Leon was fired suddenly, she started a petition to demand that Bubbles Salon change their policy to require 30 days notice before employees are terminated. “I’m speaking out so that others won't have to go through what I did,” says de Leon, one of the Employment Justice Center's worker members.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (right) will rally labor volunteers this Saturday before they hit the doors to turn out the union vote in next Tuesday’s elections. As usual, “We’ll have coffee, juice, doughnuts and bagels before you leave,” says NoVA president Dan Duncan. “As has been our custom for the last Saturday before an election, we’ll have the grill going outside when you return.” Activity takes place daily starting at 9a this week from the NoVA Labor office with labor-to-labor precinct walks and phone calls; call Dolores Trevino-Gerber at703-750-3633 for details or just show up. “Riding on the outcome will be whether the General Assembly changes from its narrow anti- worker majority to one more likely to pass legislation that benefits the commonwealth’s working families—especially an urgently-needed rise in the minimum wage,” notes UFCW Local 400. photo: McAuliffe and Trevino-Gerber at VA AFL-CIO legislative conference earlier this year; photo by Dan Duncan
Union-Made Halloween Candy a Real Treat
If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. Labor 411 has an extensive list of union-made candies, as does Union Plus. Click here for some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).