Workers at the American Red Cross prevented takeaways and made some important national gains in a recent agreement.
The workers won cumulative across-the-board wage increases of more than 8% over three years, significant wins on health care and benefits, standard-setting health and safety protections for members, and agreement by the Red Cross to engage collaboratively on key issues with the coalition of unions representing 4,500 Red Cross workers.
On today’s labor calendar, if you missed the terrific film “Teacher of the Year” last week, we’re screening it again tonight – for free -- at the Shirlington Busboys and Poets, starting at 6pm. Complete details are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2001, local postal workers Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris Jr. died after inhaling anthrax at the Brentwood mail sorting center in Washington, D.C. Other postal workers were also made ill. Letters containing the deadly spores had been addressed to U.S. Senate offices and media outlets. During the anthrax crisis, more than 700,000 postal workers demonstrated uncommon courage by just showing up for work each day. In honor of the fallen postal workers, the Brentwood facility was renamed the Curseen-Morris mail sorting center. Read more here
Today’s labor quote is by Thomas Morris Jr., from a 911 call he placed just hours before his death. Thomas Morris Jr., who told the 911 operator:
"They never let us know whether this thing was anthrax or not… My breathing is labored; my chest feels constricted. I am getting air, but I -- to get up and walk and what have you -- it just feels like I'm going to pass out if I stay up too long."
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