In twin victories hailed as "an inspiration to working people everywhere," hotel workers in DC this week won the right to organize while those in Las Vegas won a 4-year contract.
The UNITE HERE union workers "have proven we can take on the powerful and win, even when the boss is running for President of the United States," said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. UNITE HERE Local 25 and Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to permit an organizing campaign for workers at the recently-opened Trump hotel at the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Also on Wednesday, UNITE HERE Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 announced a new first time union contract covering employees at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. The four-year contract will provide the employees with annual wage increases, a pension, family health care, and job security. The Culinary Union had been voted in by workers at Trump Hotel Las Vegas last March, but Trump had refused to recognize and bargain with the union.
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On today's labor calendar, just a reminder that as you're out and about over the holidays, take a moment to appreciate those who are on the job while we're enjoying time with our loved ones.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2008, Walmart agreed to settle wage and hour suits across the U.S., for a grand total of between $352 million and $640 million. It was accused of failure to pay overtime, requiring off-the-clock work, and failure to provide required meal and rest breaks.
On December 24, 1913, seventy-two copper miners’ children died in panic caused by a company stooge in Calumet, Michigan, who shouted “fire” up the stairs into a crowded hall where children had gathered for a holiday party. They were crushed against closed doors when they tried to flee.
And on December 25, 1967, fourteen servicemen from military bases across the U.S., led by Private Andrew Stapp, formed The American Servicemen’s Union. The union, which was never recognized by the government, claimed tens of thousands of members and their demands included the right to elect officers.
Today’s labor quote is by Francis of Assisi
“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
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