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“In CLUW, we honor the women on whose shoulders we stand by calling their name and commit to carrying on the work they started — women’s equality,” said Coalition of Labor Union Women president Elise Bryant after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. “Today we call the name of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first female tenured professor at Columbia Law School and the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. She was a trailblazer, a brilliant jurist and committed to justice for all. The best way to honor Ruth’s life is to make sure every woman eligible to vote is registered and that her vote in counted. We do this in loving memory of a life committed to ‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’” AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler tweeted that Ginsburg “was a pioneer and inspiration to so many, especially women fighting for equality. In an era of so much hate and vitriol, her quiet brilliance was a beacon for us all.”
photo by Sonte DuCote
Thousands of Baltimore workers have been laid off due to the pandemic, reports UNITE HERE Local 7. “Among the hardest hit are hotel workers, event center workers, janitors, and security guards—many of whom are Black, people of color, and women whose workplaces have partially or completely shut down.” The local is urging activists to click here now to send a message to Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council to support legislation that will require hotels and event venues when business returns to recall workers who have been laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic. “Your voice matters,” says Local 7.
photo: Baltimore City Councilman Kris Burnett with laid off hospitality industry workers on Sept. 15.
Metro Washington Council Recording Secretary Cynthia Collins has resigned her seat on the board, creating a second vacancy for which nominations will be accepted at tonight’s Council meeting (5p online; RSVP here). Candidates must be duly accredited delegates to the Metro Council (click here for more details in the MWC Constitution; see Article VII). “Our deepest thanks to both Cynthia Collins (SEIU 400) and to Mark Federici (UFCW 400) for their service and dedication and we wish them both the very best!” said Metro Council president Dyana Forester.
This Wednesday, September 23, from 2:30-4:00 PM, the National AFL-CIO’s Northeast Region will be hosting a Virtual Phone Bank and Best Practices training session. “As we move forward in the election season and mobilize to get our endorsed candidates elected, this phone banking is essential in our plan for success,” said MWC Political Director David Stephen. “We need every MWC delegate to participate.” To attend, you must register by clicking here. A link will then be emailed to you for you to log in.