Hundreds of union Safeway employees, members of UFCW Locals 400 and 27, yesterday rallied alongside elected officials, community leaders and other allies, telling management to negotiate a fair contract or face a strike. At the same rally, however, Giant workers announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, averting a potential work stoppage. “The promise of a union job was that we won’t get rich but we will be able to provide health care for our families,” said Safeway member Jane St. Louis. “But now, Safeway wants to break that promise.” Union members will meet on March 5th, announced UFCW 400 president Mark Federici. Giant members will vote on whether to ratify their new collective bargaining agreement, while Safeway members will vote on whether to authorize a strike. “The countdown starts today,” Federici said. “The countdown for justice ends March 5th.” Read more here
More than 100 Metro Washington Council delegates crowded into the Presidents Room at the AFL-CIO Tuesday night to nominate candidates for president of the Council and for two vacancies on the MWC Executive Board. Eric Bunn (AFGE), Cynthia Collins (SEIU 400) and Dyana Forester (UFCW 400) were nominated for President and Greg Bowen (ATU 689), George Hogan (IBEW 26) and Michael Spiller (OPEIU 2) were nominated for the Board. The election will be held at the March 16 MWC meeting, 6:30p at the AFL-CIO. All delegates must be designated by their locals, and all locals must be in good standing for their delegates to be eligible to vote. Election documents are posted here; if you have questions, email [email protected].
photo: new delegates getting sworn in Tuesday night; photo by Chris Garlock
“People keep asking how long we can hold out. The answer: one day longer than Pittston.”
Trumka was president of the United Mine Workers during the 10-month strike against Pittston in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia, which was settled on this date in 1990. photo: On the picket line against Pittston Coal in West Virginia, 1989. | Scott Marshall / PW
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Rally for unemployed becomes major confrontation in Philadelphia, 18 arrested for demanding jobs - 1908
Thousands of women march to New York’s City Hall demanding relief from exorbitant wartime food prices. Inflation had wiped out any wage gains made by workers, leading to a high level of working class protest during World War I - 1917
A California state law was enacted providing the 8 hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced - 1868
United Farm Workers of America granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1972
- David Prosten