This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
County workers on Wednesday announced a tentative contract agreement with Montgomery County. The one-year contract must still be ratified by the union’s membership; the workers are members of UFCW local 1994, the Montgomery County Government Employees Organization.
And over in Northern Virginia, contract bargaining between ATU and Alexandria’s DASH bus service finally commenced earlier this week after a bruising but successful fight against union-busting.
Check out our complete reports at dclabor.org, where you’ll also find the latest labor calendar postings.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2018, some 34,000 public school teachers throughout West Virginia struck in protest of poor pay (they were ranked as the 48th worst-paid in the country) and concerns over health care costs. They returned to work on March 7 after scoring a 5 percent raise. The strike has inspired aggressive teacher action in a number of other low-wage states including Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona and California.
Today’s labor quote is from the preamble to the People’s Party platform; representatives of the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers met in St. Louis with 20 other organizations on this date in 1892 to plan the party’s founding convention, saying that:
“We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin…The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes, unprecedented in the history of the world, while their possessors despise the republic and endanger liberty. … We charge that the controlling influences dominating the old political parties have allowed the existing dreadful conditions to develop without serious effort to restrain or prevent them”
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