(audio: Save UMC!)
Hotel workers were there. Teachers were there. And of course, nurses were there. They all rallied on the steps of the DC City Council Tuesday morning on a gloomy, rainy day, “not to beg, not to bargain, we are demanding that UMC be kept open!” said Katrina Clark, president of the DC Nurses Association.
And Rev. Graylan Hagler called out the DC City Council for creating an apartheid healthcare system in the city by closing hospital after hospital in poor neighborhoods whose residents are most in need.
(audio: Shame, shame, shame!)
The Council was scheduled to take a second vote Tuesday on proposed cuts to the UMC budget; follow us on Twitter and Facebook @dclabor for latest updates.
For the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1941, animators working for Walt Disney began what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists' Guild.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez. On this date in 1996, the United Farm Workers reached agreement with Bruce Church on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system.
Cesar Chavez, who said:
“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.”
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