It’s a busy week for labor activists; here’s a look ahead at some of the highlights of the labor calendar over the next few days. Complete details are on our website. Note that in most cases mass transit is highly recommended due to extensive road closures and traffic. Email us at [email protected] with updates or questions.
NOTE: The Metro Council and Community Services Agency's offices will be closed Thursday and Friday due to being in the Inaugural Red Zone, but professional staff will be responding to calls and emails.
Wednesday, January 18
Local clergy will join airport workers at a ‘Pray-In’ for $15/hr this morning at 8:30a at National Airport, urging the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority to raise wages for baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants who earn as little as $6.15 per hour.
The Coalition of WMATA Labor Unions hosts a Public Town Hall Meeting tonight at 7pm in the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, Maryland, where they’ll continue developing a “Public Agenda for Metro’s Future.”
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Thursday, January 19
Supporters of increasing the minimum wage in Montgomery County will hold a press conference at 10a in front of the County Executive Office Building to urge County Executive Ike Leggett to sign the bill, which was passed by the County Council yesterday.
Chris Garlock and Ed Smith discuss demonstrator’s free speech and civil rights on “YourRights At Work” on WPFW 89.3FM from 1-2p.
DC teachers will Rally to Defend Public Education for All from3 to 5pm at the Beers Elementary School in Southeast; giving teachers, parents, students and community allies a chance to demonstrate against the president-elect's agenda to dismantle public education.
Friday, January 20
There are a number of direct actions planned to blockade security checkpoints at the inauguration; a labor contingent will lead one focusing on Trump's war on workers, at a checkpoint to be determined. This is a direct action and is not legally permitted, so exercise your First Amendment rights and be careful out there.
At noon there’s a DisruptJ20 march against Trump, starting at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station and continuing to McPherson Square; this march is fully legally permitted, labor folks are meeting on the east side of the Circle.
Saturday, January 21
Women’s March on Washington. The labor assembly point is at Garfield Park, at the intersection of 3rd and G Streets Southeast, starting at 8:30am.
Saturday afternoon Public Citizen is hosting a Teach-In after the march, from 1:30 to 8:30pm, focusing on the critical grassroots campaigns for the coming year.
Again, complete details on all of these events are on our website.
photo: Stagehands at work; members of IATSE Local 22, the DC stagehands’ union, building the stage at the Lincoln Memorial for the “Welcome Celebration.” Photo by Cathy Sonneborn, IATSE 22 Call Steward.