Labor’s role in ReOpen DC Advisory Group
The old saying is that “If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu,” which is one reason local labor leaders fought to get on DC Mayor Muriel Bower’s ReOpen DC Advisory Group. Labor’s representation includes AFSCME Council 20 Executive Director (and Acting President of the Metro Washington Council) Andrew Washington, who serves on the Government Operations, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice committee as well as coordinating a special Labor Focus Group; Dyana Forester (UFCW 400), Restaurants and Food; Jaime Contreras (SEIU 32BJ), Real Estate and Construction; John Boardman (UNITE HERE 25), Faith, Arts, Culture, Hotels Entertainment and Sport Committee; Elizabeth Davis (WTU 6), Education and Childcare Committee; and Lisa Brown (SEIU 1199), Public Health Innovation and Workforce Committee. The Labor Focus Group was created in response to “labor’s concerns about the lack of opportunities on these committees and ensuring that [re-opening plans] represent the true challenges and fears of re-opening too soon,” said Washington.
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