HUD workers -- members of AFGE 476 – turned out in force at an emergency meeting about the effects of the three Executive Orders President Trump signed on May 25. Local 476 president Ashaki Robinson Johns (left) explained how the orders attack the rights of federal workers, including reducing the time spent negotiating collective bargaining agreements, eliminating union representatives' authority to represent workers on duty time, and making it easier to fire federal employees. The Executive Orders “hide their malicious and destructive intent behind misleading titles and terms,” Johns said. For example, a provision called "Ensuring Integrity of Personnel Files" actually prohibits agencies from correcting personnel files, such as removing wrongful and inaccurate accusations of misconduct. Read more on the AFGE 476 website.
The DC Labor Chorus will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a concert on Saturday, December 1 at the Tommy Douglas Labor Conference Center. A special "20th Anniversary Concert Booklet" honoring founding director Elise Bryant will commemorate the occasion; ads are $400 (full page), $250 (half), $125 (quarter) and $25 (2 lines). Click herefor details; email ads to [email protected]. “We’re looking forward to an inspiring celebration,” says Chorus member Ken Giles.
“We marched, we picketed and many of us did whatever we needed to do to make the marches a success. We had nightly rallies and we boycotted businesses.”
Moultrie (in middle, next to Coretta Scott King) was one of the leaders of the 1969 Charleston Hospital strike (see below).
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The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883
Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike - 1919
Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. - 1969
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