UNITE HERE Local 23’s members are headed back to work after the government shutdown, but aren’t getting back pay. “We’re hosting another emergency set of assistance clinics for members facing utility shutoffs or other urgent financial situations and need volunteers!” reports Allison Burket. “No experience necessary, we’ll train volunteers on what resources we’re providing.” The clinics will be this Thursday, January 31, 3–6:30p and Saturday, February 2, 10a–4p, both at Local 23’s offices in Crystal City (1225 S Clark St. Arlington, VA 22202). RSVP to [email protected] with your availability, and if you’re fluent in Spanish (not necessary but helpful). Also, you can click hereto send a message to Congress demanding back pay for contractors.
photo: Smithsonian cafeteria worker Pablo Lazaro explaining how financial strain of the shutdown could cost him his home