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This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Collective actions
Working-class heroes organize Pecket Well College in England; Fannie Lou Hamer’s Freedom Farms Cooperative (photo) in the Mississippi Delta. Plus this week’s labor history highlights!
Last week's show: (12/1): Making the Woman Worker
A small group of black farmers organize the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union in Houston County, Texas. They had been barred from membership in the all-white Southern Farmers’ Alliance. Through intensive organizing, along with merging with another black farmers group, the renamed Colored Alliance by 1891 claimed a membership of 1.2 million - 1886
Ten days after an Illinois State mine inspector approved coal dust removal techniques at New Orient mine in West Frankfort, the mine exploded, largely because of coal dust accumulations, killing 119 workers - 1951
- David Prosten
In a major development, a tentative agreement on wages and benefits was reached today between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 and Metro that would "create incentives for better customer service, enable Metro to live within its legally-required three-percent subsidy growth cap, and create a path to bring in house work performed at Cinder Bed Road bus garage and on the Silver Line," Local 689 said in a press release.
"The new agreement would provide four years of certainty to Metro employees and customers after the current contract expires on June 30, 2020," the union said. The terms must be ratified by union members and approved by Metro’s Board of Directors.
While the agreement has benefits for both labor and management, economic details are being withheld to allow ATU Local 689 President Raymond Jackson time to inform union members and give General Manager & CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld an opportunity to brief the WMATA Board of Directors.
“After many months of negotiation, we reached a good deal for our employees that also provides our Board of Directors with an affordable option for bus and rail service for the next four years,” Wiedefeld said.
“I am pleased to have a deal that I can recommend to my members.” said Raymond Jackson, ATU Local 689 President. “This deal will help safeguard our jobs against privatization. This deal would benefit all of our members and solidify transit careers as a pathway to the middle class. We look forward to providing details to our members as soon as possible.”
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Transdev bus driver picket line (ATU 689): Daily 4:00am – 5:00pm
Gates of the Cinder Bed Road Division, 7901 Cinder Bed Road, Lorton, VA
Show your support for the strike: download the sign here, post on Twitter and tag @ATULocal689.
NOTE: The Fairfax Connector strike by ATU 1764 has been called off for now.
The right to strike: A panel discussion: Mon, December 9, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Film: Medicare for All! Mon, December 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Activist Ady Barkan interviews U.S. presidential candidates on health care, Medicare for All, and how to advance a just society. Join nurses, advocates, and interesting people in a discussion of how we can transform the U.S. healthcare system.
RSVP/more info, [email protected]
2nd Tuesdays at PERB: Practical Tips for Engaging in Labor Relations; Tue, December 10, 10am – 12pm
1100 Fourth Street, SW Room 630E, Washington, DC
Pay Stub Clinic: Tue, December 10, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Bread for the City, 1525 7th St NW #3201, Washington, DC 20001
Alexandria Dems Labor Caucus: Tue, December 10, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
618 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Special guest: Paul Smedberg, chair of the WMATA Board.
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