And after nearly a year of negotiations, AFSCME 1072 union members on the UMD College Park campus recently voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract. “We’re plumbers, office workers, and housekeepers facing off against highly paid administrators and lawyers,” Local 1072 president Dawn Jackson told Union City. “A small group of people can make these tremendous changes.”
On today’s labor calendar, there’s a rally for the World Bank cafeteria workers organizing drive at 2 pm this afternoon;
Richard Trumka and Robert Kuttner will discuss Kuttner’s bestselling book, “Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?” at 4pm at the AFL-CIO;
and the last Metro Washington Council Delegate meeting before the summer break is tonight at 6:30, also at the AFL-CIO.
For all the latest local labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1941, union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph and others met with President Franklin Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt ordered that the industries desegregate.
Find out more on our Labor History Today podcast, available on your favorite podcast app; just search for Union City Radio.
Today’s labor quote is by A. Phillip Randolph, who said:
“Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.”
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