DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joined UNITE HERE Local 25 and the D.C. United soccer franchise to announce a labor peace agreement between Local 25 and the team. “One of my top priorities is creating a pathway to the middle class,” said Bowser at RFK Stadium. “D.C. residents expect that hotel and restaurant workers should be treated fairly on the job,” said John Boardman, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Local 25. The labor peace agreement provides a fair process for hotel and food service workers at the proposed stadium at Buzzard Point to join the union and negotiate a first contract. In return, the union agrees not to strike or picket at the stadium. Click below to read more. photo courtesy DC United.
“This agreement ensures that the new soccer stadium benefits working-class families in the District of Columbia, including residents in the Southwest neighborhood, construction workers and hospitality workers,” said Bowser. “When you go to a game at the new stadium or stay at the new stadium hotel, you’re going to be able to feel good about going because you’ll know the workers will be getting middle class wages, benefits and fair treatment in the workplace,” Boardman added. The agreement follows the team’s 2013 commitment to fair labor practices in the construction of the project, on the heels of the execution of a Project Labor Agreement.