Tom O’Rourke, DC teacher – and WTU Local 6 member -- wrongly fired under the DCPS’ controversial “IMPACT” teacher evaluation system. An arbitrator ruled Monday that the school system has to re-hire him.
Jackie Jeter, president of ATU 689 (and newly-elected president of the Metro Washington Council) on how transit workers representing Metrorail, Metrobus, MetroAccess and DC Streetcar will be drawing attention to the growing number of transit assaults in the Washington DC region by wearing red and blue bracelets with the hashtag #TransitLivesMatter on Friday. Local 689 is asking community partners to stand with them by tweeting #TransitLivesMatter throughout the day on Friday, April 8.
Judith Howell, security officer & member of the bargaining committee for SEIU Local 32BJ on how the unique security challenges of the capital city have continued to mount along with the cost of living in D.C. She has been a security guard for 12 years, and now works part time at 1770 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., while serving on the bargaining committee for SEIU Local 32BJ. When you're keeping an eye out for potential jilted lovers, thieves, and terrorists, it helps to not have to hold down several jobs at once.
“The wages and the benefits allow us to be more professional on the job,” Howell says. “We’re not just spaceholders.”
Labor song of the week: Workin’ Man Blues in honor of Merle Haggard, who died yesterday.
This Week’s Labor Quiz: In 2015, poor working conditions, lack of enforcement of labor laws, late and/or poor wages, and lack of benefits contributed to over 2700 worker protests in this country: China; Pakistan; USA; Italy; Turkey.