And in Montgomery County, officials are investigating allegations by employees at the Department of Economic Development that acting director Sally Sternbach has fostered a hostile work environment marked by “persistent inappropriate and intimidating behavior,” reported the Washington Post last week. The charges were contained in an April 6 letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett from Gino Renne, president of UFCW Local 1994, the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization, which represents about half of the 40 employees in the department.
On today's labor calendar, NOVA Labor's Stop Fast Track Phonebank runs today and tomorrow starting at 10am in Annandale, VA and at 7:30 tonight there's a Stop Fast Track Town Hall at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today's labor history, The International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union on this date in 1999 halted shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist who many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American.
And in 2013, an eight-story building housing garment factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,129 workers and injuring 2,515. A day earlier cracks had been found in the structure, but factory officials, who had contracts with Benneton and other major U.S. labels, insisted the workers return to the job the next day.
Today's labor quote is by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who said:
"Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none." Mumia Abu-Jamal, who also said: "When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is just, yet refuse to defend it -- at that moment you begin to die."