This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
The American Federation of Government Employees last Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s announcement that it will be denying union representation rights to more than 100,000 health care workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Removing access to (official time) is like asking the fire department to operate without firetrucks or a firehose,” said AFGE president J. David Cox Senior, “and the result will be just as disastrous for our veterans.” Read more on our website at dclabor.org
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1954, Ellis Island in New York closed after providing the gateway for 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1924. From 1924 to 1954 it was mostly used as a detention and deportation center for undocumented immigrants.
Today’s labor quote is by the organizers of the recent walkout at Google, who said:
“A company is nothing without its workers. From the moment we start at Google we’re told that we aren’t just employees; we’re owners. Every person who walked out today is an owner, and the owners say: Time’s up.”
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