We have two organizing wins to report today:
In the first, backstage workers at Signature Theater have filed for an election to certify their union and join IATSE 22. "Folk are organizing across the DC area to raise standards, wages and benefits for everyone employed in the arts/entertainment and trade show industries," said Local 22.
And last week the staff members of the National Women’s Law Center announced they have unionized with NPEU, the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union. Management voluntarily recognized the union, NWLC United.
“We highlight how unions give women and other marginalized workers the power to create more equitable workplaces in our everyday work,” said the NWLC United Organizing Committee members. “By forming our union, we are living NWLC’s long-held values and affirming (it’s) role as a leader in advancing economic justice and worker power.”
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1825, Boston carpenters carried out the first strike for a 10-hour day.
Today’s labor quote is from James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses,” sung here by DC choral group SongRise:
As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days,
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; bread and roses, bread and roses.
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