Veteran DC firefighter Kevin McRae died last week after helping battle a blaze in a high-rise apartment building in the Logan Circle neighborhood. “D.C. lost a hero today,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. Lieutenant McRae was a 24-year veteran with the department, and a member of Fire Fighters Local 36; his funeral will be held this Friday; details are at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, I have a correction: the two actions by nurses that I mentioned yesterday are actually taking place today, to mark International Nurses’ Day. First, nurses will rally outside the Wilson Building at 8:45 a.m. to urge the DC Council to pass legislation to protect patients by mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in all DC hospitals. Then at 10, nurses will demonstrate at VA headquarters, demanding respect for nurses’ rights in VA hospitals across the country and support for the VA Employee Fairness Act.
There are also two DC LaborFest events today: local filmmakers will show their works in progress at 6pm at the Takoma Park Busboys & Poets, and then at 9:15pm there’s a screening of Compliance at the AFI, preceded by a Happy Hour at McGinty’s at 7:30pm, sponsored by OPEIU Local 2 Women’s Committee. As always, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today's labor history, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa on this date in 2008, arresting nearly 400 immigrant workers. The raid was the largest ever until that date, and some 300 workers were convicted on document fraud charges. Several employees and lower and mid-level managers were convicted on various charges, but not the owner—although he was later jailed for bank fraud and related crimes.
Today's labor quote is by David Bonior, Chair of American Rights at Work and former Congressman from Michigan, referring to an earlier trade deal but applicable to the current push for the TPP deal:
“This China trade deal is basically like the Bobby Knight of trade deals. You know, you abuse, you abuse, you abuse, and then they say 'Well, OK, we'll let you try one more time'.”
YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK: Tip #12 (click below)
This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
Employees are sometimes asked to work “off the clock.” You should be paid for all of the time you work and your employer may not require you to punch out and continue working.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.