Union members and activists will rally tomorrow morning in Roanoke (see Calendar) to support Starbucks workers and their recent efforts to unionize. “We baristas are the face of the company, we are the ones making the drinks and having the conversations and connections with our customers, yet we are not given the decency of safety or livable wages,” said Starbucks Workers United Committee of Midlothian and Carmia Way in North Chesterfield, Virginia. As reported here earlier this week, there are now 10 stores unionizing in the state. Just this week, the NLRB heard petitions from workers at two Richmond area stores that filed documents last month (11136 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield and at 6980 Forest Hill Ave.) and following the hearing, the next step will be secret ballot elections at these two stores in March.
Prince George’s County has been hit hard by COVID-19, “and without enough staff, healthcare workers are stretched beyond their limits,” reports 1199 SEIU’s Djawa Hall. “Every day, facilities are so short-staffed that healthcare workers worry about the safety of the patients they care for,” says Hall. To provide high-quality care, he says, the County needs funding for safe staffing. Click here now to urge Senate President Bill Ferguson to fund safe staffing levels for PG County, and look for the #SafeStaffingPG hashtag on Twitter today to retweet your support. “Thank you for standing up for safe staffing in PG County,” says Hall.
The first Wizards Labor Night is set for March 29, when the team will play the Chicago Bulls. Ticket prices range from $19 to $175 and the Community Services Agency will receive $5.00 for each ticket sold. Click here to order, or, for large groups, contact Grant Mintz at 202-661-5075 or email [email protected].
Today’s labor quote: Edwin Starr
War…What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!
From his 1970 smash hit (see video above).