This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
The recent government shutdown provided a perfect example of the need for the Metro Washington Council Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which provided critical assistance to federal workers in a financial crunch.
CSA Executive Director Sonte DuCote participated in a Combined Federal Campaign presentation earlier this week at the Census Bureau, speaking with members of AFGE Local 2782 and other Census Bureau employees about CSA’s role in aiding area workers.
“Through its Emergency Assistance Fund, CSA helps workers stay in their homes, keep the lights on and food on their tables," DuCote said.
In addition to the huge impact on federal workers, DuCote noted that since the extended government shutdown took place during the workplace giving season, “the number of workplace giving events was reduced, and we are working hard to make up for lost time."
Anyone interested in contributing to CSA through workplace giving campaigns can use the following designation numbers:
19579 for the Combined Federal Campaign;
and 8253 for the United Way and DC One Fund. Find out more about CSA on our website at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar, tune in for this week’s edition of “Your Rights At Work” starting at 1pm this afternoon here on WPFW 90.3FM, when we’ll take your calls on workplace rights and catch up on all the latest labor news.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1868, a state law was enacted in California providing the 8-hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America, which was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO on this date in 1972. Cesar Chavez, who said:
“You are never strong enough that you don't need help."
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