“There’s power in numbers, so there’s nothing … that’s going to happen that we don’t allow to happen.” That's cafeteria cook -- and Unite Here Local 23 member -- Renita Harrison in WAMU's May 13 report on how "The Pandemic Is Inspiring A Wave Of Unionization Efforts." "The coronavirus pandemic has amplified many workers’ desires for workplace protections — both against losing their jobs and against the virus," reports Eliza Berkon. “What this current crisis has exposed is the fact that many employers would put their bottom line above everything else, including their employees’ health and safety,” said Ethan Miller, secretary-treasurer of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union. For those looking for union victories, the story cites "a host of local examples," including the transit union for DASH bus drivers in Alexandria, Metrobus garage workers in Virginia, Safeway workers and unionization in the local tech and gaming industries now underway.
photo: Giant/Safeway workers with UFCW 400 rallied in February for a contract; photo by Jenny Gathright/WAMU
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