Cox noted that “a strong, enforceable union contract is what stands between workers and politically motivated managers and political appointees.”
Public sector unions warn that a bill passed by the House would strip away civil service protections and union rights and the Senate is about to consider similar legislation.
“Under the legislation being considered,” Cox said, “nurses, housekeepers, and cemetery workers at the VA could be fired with the same ease that President Trump fired Mr. Comey. The case against them can be as weak and ‘trumped up’ as the reasons cited in the president’s termination notice to Mr. Comey.”
Cox said that “We must stand up to those who would undermine due process, objectivity, and fairness in the administration of our government.”
On today's labor calendar,
Today’s free noontime film “Sista In The Brotherhood” explores race and gender in a male-dominated industry through the journey of a young black tradeswoman who faces discrimination on a new job site and must choose between making a stand or keeping her job. “Sista In The Brotherhood” screens free at noon at the AFL-CIO as part of the DC LaborFest.
Tonight at 7:30, join Pete Rafle, Bob Carr and Bob Hatfield for “There Is Power In A Union: A Labor Songs Vespers” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Virginia.
And there’s still time to get tickets for tomorrow’s Labor Night at DC United at RFK Stadium; tailgate party starts at 5 and the game kicks off at 7.
Complete details, as always, at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 immigrant workers. Some 300 were convicted on document fraud charges. The raid was the largest ever until that date. Several employees and lower and mid-level managers were convicted on various charges, but not the owner—although he later was jailed for bank fraud and related crimes.
Today’s labor quote is by Heywood Broun
Journalist, columnist and first president of the American Newspaper Guild Heywood Broun, who said
“All there is said for work as opposed to dancing is that it’s so much easier.”
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