Three former employees of Certified Building Services have won over $16,000 in back pay and other benefits they lost when CBS illegally fired them for engaging in protected union activity.
The National Labor Relations Board approved a settlement earlier this month in which CBS must also compensate UFCW 1994/MCGEO for expenses incurred during the campaign to organize employees working under the janitorial company's contract with Montgomery County.
The workers were fired and threatened with deportation in response to a union organizing campaign by Local 1994.
CBS also agreed to stop its anti-union campaign and allow NLRB representatives to train its supervisors and managers on employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
On today's labor calendar,
Alexandria-based filmmaker Aldo Bellow will present excerpts from his award-winning film “DREAM – An American Story” at noon today at the AFL-CIO as part of the ongoing DC LaborFest. The 1-hour screening is free; you can bring your lunch.
And at 5:30 the Labor Heritage Foundation hosts their annual Solidarity Forever Awards, also at the AFL-CIO; go to laborheritage.org for ticket info.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1920, a shootout took place in Matewan, West Virginia between striking union miners (led by Police Chief Sid Hatfield) and coal company agents. Ten died, including seven agents. This was the inspiration for John Sayles classic labor film “Matewan,” which was released 30 years ago and featured in this year’s DC LaborFest, along with an appearance by Sayles.
And in 1950, dozens of dockworkers were killed, and hundreds more injured when four barges carrying nearly 500 tons of ammunition blew up at South Amboy, New Jersey. They were loading mines that had been deemed unsafe by the Army and were being shipped to the Asian market for sale.
Today’s labor quote is by writer and director John Sayles
"The people I read about in the history books and the people I met in the hills of Kentucky and West Virginia had important stories to tell and I wanted to find a way to pass them on."
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