Employees of the City of Takoma Park, represented by AFSCME Local 3399, have reached an impasse in contract negotiations. Members of the bargaining unit have been out letting folks know about the impasse at the Sunday Takoma Park Farmer’s Market, as well as last week’s Bread and Roses event at the Takoma Busboys. Despite Takoma Park’s progressive reputation, the workers say that they and their union have been treated with “pervasive disrespect” by the city. The workers plan to continue their outreach and urge concerned TP residents to sign their petition to let the city’s leadership know “this is no way to treat workers.” photo: AFSCME 3399's Sean Hendley (r) at the Takoma Park Farmer's Market yesterday; photo by Chris Garlock
Last year, as contract negotiations at AT&T Mobility dragged on and a strike loomed, CWA 2336 steward Mark Davis stepped up his outreach to members to make sure they were up to date and ready to hit the streets if necessary. The solidarity Davis helped build in local AT&T stores boosted participation in the 3-day strike that enabled the union to win a contract. But a few months later, Davis was fired. The union fought back and in December Davis won his job back. “I come from a union family,” Davis said yesterday on WPFW’s Your Rights At Work, “my father was the president of his union back in Alabama,” and the victory was a reminder that “you (members) are the union.”
- photo courtesy CWA District 2-13 Twitter
Several local unions, including IAM Lodge 1759, ATU 1764 and CWA 2336 recently held elections to choose new leaders for 2018.
The winners of the elections include President Terry Garner for CWA 2336, President Aaron Duffy and Vice President Vance Young for ATU 1764, and nearly a dozen officers and committee members for IAM 1759.
- photo of ATU Local 1764 officers after being sworn in by ATU Secretary-Treasurer Oscar Owens
The memorial service for James “Jim” Baldridge (In Memoriam, 1/9) has been set for Saturday, February 17, 12pm – 1pm at Govans Presbyterian Church (5828 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212). There will be a reception following the service.
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