It was a packed house for Monday night’s meeting of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, as delegates gathered after the summer break. Highlights of the meeting included an appearance by ATU 689 member Derrick Mallard, a bus driver who’s running for election in Bowie City Council's District 4, under a special program organized by the MD/DC AFL-CIO. “No one can tell our story better than we can ourselves,” Mallard said.
Other reports included:
AFGE: Donna Brockington urged turnout for the September 24 “Fed Up? Rise Up!” rally focusing on the issues facing federal workers.
OPEIU 2: Michael Spiller reported on the recent organizing and contract win for workers at Partner Global; Spiller also reported that Local 2 is starting negotiations on October 4 for workers at the Baltimore office of the ACLU, which hired a union-busting lawfirm.
UNITE HERE 23: Josh Armstead reported that Aramark workers at the Washington Convention Center just ratified a new contract. Local 23 is still battling with IL Creations and has a picket coming up 9/24.
- report/photo by Chris Garlock