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AFL-CIO GOTV Kick-Off with President Trumka: Fri, October 30, 2pm – 3pm
Coalition to Repeal Right to Work: Fri, October 30, 7pm – 9pm
Special guest VA Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy
Labor Statewide Virtual Phone Bank: Sat, October 31, 10am – 1pm
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IATSE 868 demonstrates at Strathmore: Sat, October 31, 5pm – 9pm
Rockville Pike & Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20814
Metro Washington Council, Community Services Agency and Claimant Advocacy Program staff are teleworking; reach them at the contact numbers and email addresses here.
Missed yesterday's Your Rights At Work radio show? Catch the podcast here; The cliff-hanger Episode 9 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance radio drama. Will the Resistance become a Revolution? Or will the fascist corporate overlords maintain their control over the workers?
Plus: Metro Washington Council Political Director David Stephen on labor-endorsed DC-area candidates and why Montgomery County voters should vote against Question B.
With just four days to go before the last day to vote, the Metropolitan Washington Council “encourages you to VOTE LABOR and help spread the word!” says MWC president Dyana Forester. “Make sure to vote Joe Biden/Kamala Harris for President and Vice-President,” says Forester. Below is a list of all the Congressional candidates for Maryland and the District of Columbia endorsed by the MD/DC state federation. “Don’t believe the polls!” adds MWC Political Director David Stephen. “We must finish this election with a huge margin of victory!”
MARYLAND: Early voting is being held through Monday, November 2; early voting centers are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Here’s a list of the 2020 Presidential General Election early voting sites (PDF).
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The early voting period runs through Monday, November 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Voters registered in The District of Columbia can look up where to vote on the District of Columbia's site.
Labor-endorsed candidates for U.S. Congress: District 2 – Dutch Ruppersberger; District 3 – John Sarbanes; District 4 – Anthony Brown; District 5 – Steny Hoyer; District 6 – David Trone; District 7 – Kweisi Mfume; District 8 – Jamie Raskin; Washington D.C. – Eleanor Holmes Norton
Ann Hoffman (NOLSW, UAW 2320) has won the Metro Washington Council’s Executive Board election which ran Oct. 22-24 with 17,470 votes, or 39.5% of the vote, followed by John Gibson (Teamsters 639), with 15,869 (35.9%) and Tom Clark (IBEW 26), with 10,871 (24.6%). “I am honored and humbled to have been elected,” Hoffman said. “I look forward to working with all of the Council’s delegates and Board members to help make the Metro Council a powerful force in the area. First we have some elections to win next Tuesday!” MWC president Dyana Forester said that “All three candidates brought a great deal of experience and energy,” and welcomed Hoffman to the Board, noting that “she brings a wealth of knowledge, legal expertise and labor history to our team. We look forward to the great work ahead!”
32BJ SEIU stood in solidarity with the family of Karon Hylton, the union announced yesterday. “His loss is felt deeply by a close relative represented by our union and we join the demand for the release of body cam footage, transparency and accountability,” said Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU, which represents over 20,000 Black and immigrant essential workers in the D.C. area. “We strongly condemn the police’s handling of the matter, which did not have to end tragically,” Contreras added. He noted that as a union representing mostly Black and Brown workers, “our members cannot escape a dangerous, daily reality, through no fault of their own. They fear brutality at the hands of law enforcement and are on the frontlines as essential workers who clean and secure buildings. Many have to travel to and from work during off-hours and fear being harassed and brutalized by the police.”