State professionals in the Maryland Public Employees Council last week ratified new three-year contracts. The contracts include a 2% increase in January 2019 and expanded language on workplace bullying, indoor air quality and evaluations. Additionally, AFT Local 5197 negotiated a recruitment and retention bonus for their nurse positions.
Two thousand workplace troublemakers – including some from the DC area -- will converge on Chicago for the Labor Notes Conference, April 6 through 8. The annual conference is a great chance to swap stories, devise strategies, and hone your organizing skills. Register now and save $45 with the Early Bird rate. Details on our website at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar, “The Young Karl Marx” screens at the DC JCC tonight at 7:30; ticket info at wjff.org
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1932. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression and his legislative achievements included the creation of the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize unions, bargain collectively, and strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Cornelius Vanderbilt, the wealthy American businessman and notorious robber baron. Cornelius Vanderbilt, who said:
"Law! What do I care about the law? Ain't I got the power?"
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