The boss accused her of violating company policy and threatened to fire her.
As an educated member of ATU Local 1764, Aquino knew that she needed a steward and that she had the right to have one present.
But MV’s manager denied her requests for a steward and fired her. Local 1764 Steward Trevis Brown sprang into action, filing a grievance contesting the allegations and pointing out that the company violated Violetta’s legal rights by refusing her requests for representation. Caught red-handed, MV not only immediately brought Violetta back to work, but paid her for the two weeks of wages she lost while she was out of work.
You can see a photo of a very happy Violetta and Trevis on our website at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, it’s “Labor Night” at tonight’s performance of "The Pajama Game" at Arena Stage, with cast members doing a TalkBack after the show, which starts at 7:30. Details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar, or get your tickets at the door.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1924, Samuel Gompers, president and founder of the American Federation of Labor, died in San Antonio, Texas.
Today’s labor quote is by Sam Gompers, who said:
"Show me the country that has no strikes
and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty."
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