Using data gathered from independent sources, “Selling The District Short,” commissioned by D.C. Working Families, presents a clear pattern showing Airbnb’s listings are dominated by illegal commercial hosts who are manipulating the residential rental market by decreasing the supply of available long-term housing units.
Valerie Ervin, Senior Advisor at DC Working Families, said that “At a time when D.C. residents are struggling to find affordable housing, the commercialization of housing units across the city is taking away homes and apartments that working families badly need."
The Metro Washington Council last month passed a resolution endorsing the Short-Term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017, now under consideration by the DC City Council.
On today's labor calendar, transit activists will tell Metro "We will not pay more for less!" today from 7am – 9am at the Rosslyn Metro station, and then at 4:30 at the Foggy Bottom Station. On Your Rights At Work today at 1pm here on WPFW, our guest is AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, who will discuss government worker rights on the job and the current GOP attacks on federal workers and their unions.
For details and all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1948, the United Packinghouse Workers of America refused to accept a 9-cent wage increase and began a nationwide strike, shutting down 140 plants around the country.
In 1960, the United Federation of Teachers was formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city.
Today’s labor quote is by AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, based on a poem by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (NEE-MOOLER)
First they came for the Environmental Protection Agency, but I didn’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Department of Education, but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Department of Justice, but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Federal unions, but I was not a member, so I said nothing,
Then they came for me, my rights and my job—but there was no one left to speak for me.
Goldman will be honored as Outstanding Trade Unionist of the Year at the Metro Washington Council's annual Evening with Labor on March 25; tickets available at dclabor.org, click on Evening with Labor.
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