This Week's Quiz: Which actress won an Academy Award for her movie portrayal of Norma Rae, a factory worker from a small North Carolina town who becomes involved in union activity in the textile factory where she works? Sally Struthers; Jaclyn Smith; Sally Field; Lily Tomlin; Loni Anderson. Click here and you could be next week's winner of a labor-themed prize!
Previous Quiz: "The Scab," a short essay often quoted within the U.S. labor movement, was written by Jack London. Congrats to Maureen Bothfeld of IBEW Local 300, Duxbury, VT, this week's quiz winner!
“I have serious concerns for my safety when I confront someone that doesn't want to pay their fare," said an emotional Metro Station Manager Cynthia Gary. "I've been cussed out, threatened and had weapons pulled on me just trying to do my job.” Gary (center) testified before a packed house gathered at ATU Local 689’s Public Hearing on Metro Safety at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on March 25. Metro workers and riders, as well as labor and transit experts, spoke out on their safety concerns. The event, moderated by Local 689 President Jackie Jeter and the WMATA Interim General Manager Jack Requa, included a panel of Metro workers who testified that they are being discouraged from reporting safety problems for fear of being disciplined.
- adapted from a report on the ATU 689 website
The deadline for ads in this year's DC LaborFest guide has been extended to next Friday, April 3. The 15th annual FilmFest is part of the second annual DC LaborFest, which will run the entire month of May and includes dozens of labor arts events including film, music, theater, books, art and history. Download the 2015 ratesheet here and save time by faxing your order form to us now at 202-974-8152. For for info email [email protected] or call 202-974-8153. Note that new sponsors get 50% off all ads and renewing sponsors can upgrade at a 50% discount. 2015 DC Labor FilmFest trailers are now available on our YouTube Channel! The line-up for this year’s DC Labor FilmFest includes crowd-pleasers “Pride” and “Chavez,” classics “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Hard Times,” and more.
Colleen Kelley, the Treasury Employees president for the last 16 years, will retire at the end of the union’s convention this August, the union announced. Kelley’s union is one of the larger federal workers’ unions, along with the Government Employees (AFGE) and the two big postal workers’ unions. In her time in office, Kelley has forged alliances with the others, and particularly with current AFGE President J. David Cox., on government workers’ issues. NTEU is independent of both U.S. labor federations. NTEU represents mostly Treasury Department workers, including IRS employees – the agency where Kelley got her start as a revenue agent. After serving as the Pittsburgh local’s president, she joined the union’s national staff, became executive vice president and then was elected president for the first time in 1999. She has served four terms.
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