It's National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of apprenticeships for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.
Union apprenticeships are training programs designed to help anyone learn the skills it takes to work in the unionized trades. Apprenticeships usually include a mix of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, and are often a chance to earn money while you learn new skills.
A number of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO's Affiliate unions offer apprenticeship programs. Explore all of our Affiliates' apprenticeship programs.
Government shutdown once again threatens federally contracted service workers
Thousands of federally contracted service workers are facing financial uncertainties as Congress, for the second time in six weeks, brushes up against a deadline for passing critical funding legislation. These workers are some of the lowest-paid employees in and around government, typically earning between about $17 and $25 an hour as janitors, cooks, cashiers, catering workers and security guards, according to the unions that represent them. Most are Black or Latino, and many live paycheck to paycheck. Read more »
Community Services Agency's 2023 Family Holiday Program now open
Please mail contributions to Community Services Agency, 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Suite 1100, Washington DC 20006. Contribution deadlines are November 17 for Thanksgiving and December 18 for the winter holidays. Questions? Email Letycia Pastrana at [email protected].
Upcoming Actions + Events
Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Apprenticeship Open House
Friday, November 17, 2023 — 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
5000 Forbes Boulevard Lanham, MD 20706
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 is hosting an open house with food, drinks, vendors, and exhibits. Whether you are young adult looking for a career or an educator looking to learn about viable career paths beyond college, come and learn about trade apprenticeships in our region where graduates can earn $100,000 annually or more. Details and RSVP.
Labor Day with the Commanders vs. NY Giants
Sunday, November 19, 2023 — 1:00 PM
Each union that brings out 50 or more people will be able to come onto the field after the game to take a photo. Email Ari Kwitkin-Close or call (301) 276-6406.
Around the Region
Left: Members of SEIU from all over the country came to Reagan National Airport last week to call on Congress to pass the #GoodJobs for #GoodAirports Act and give airport workers fair pay and benefits. Right: AFSCME Maryland Council 3 held a Stewards in Action training last week! Congrats to the AFSCME members stepping up to protect the rights of you and your coworkers on the job.
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