A tentative agreement has been reached in the UAW strike in Dublin, VA. "UAW Local 2069 financial secretary Eric Reeves was notified at 1:00AM (Friday morning) that picketing will be suspended and the strike lines need to be emptied," reports NoVA Labor's Ginny Diamond. Operations at the Volvo plant will begin with regular 3rd shift operations on Sunday night May 2nd. Further details will be forthcoming. NoVA labor's solidarity rally has been canceled.
photo: NoVA Labor walks UAW picket line in Dublin VA last week.
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AFL-CIO Week of Action on the PRO Act: Apr 26 – May 1, 2021
This is the national AFL-CIO's week of action on the PRO Act. Please call Senator Warner at 202-224-2023 or 703-442-0670 and ask him to co-sponsor the bill.
Film: HAYMARKET: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle: Apr 28 – May 2, 2021
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Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class: Apr 28 – May 1, 2021
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Labor Committee for Affordable Housing: Fri, April 30, 3pm – 4pm
Special guest Professor Louise Howells, teaches law at UDC Law School.
Film: Union Time: Fighting for Workers' Rights: Fri, April 30, 6pm – 8pm
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Coalition to Repeal "Right to Work": Fri, April 30, 7pm – 8pm
Unions United: Building Worker Solidarity: Sat, May 1, 10:00am – 11:30am
Learn about labor history, get a report on the pro-labor bills that passed this legislative session, and discuss how union members can build solidarity and express our collective power.
May Day Immigrant Justice March: Sat, May 1, 11am – 1pm
Black Lives Matter Plaza Northwest, Black Lives Matter Plz NW, Washington, DC, USA (map)
Sponsored by CASA, NAKASEC, Make The Road New York, National Domestic Workers Alliance, CARACEN-Central American Resource Center
PRO Act Rally: Tell Senator Warner to Support the PRO Act: Sat, May 1, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Windmill Hill Park 500 S Lee St Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)
Organized by Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, Our Revolution and Virginia Justice Democrats. RSVP HERE.
March on May Day: Sat, May 1, 3pm – 5pm
Malcolm X Park (16th and Euclid St NW) by the Joan of Arc statue (map)
Mark Dudzic "Redeployment" Party: Sat, May 1, 7pm – 8pm
The Labor Campaign for Single Payer organizer (and DC Labor FilmFest Co-Chair) is "redeploying" to chair the Campaign.
On this May Day weekend’s labor calendar (see above), there are a number of great labor events (highlighted in yellow), including the May Day Immigrant Justice March at 11am and an online discussion of the film HAYMARKET: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle at 8pm; you can also click here for complete details on all the events this weekend. Got more labor events? Email us at [email protected]
Declaring that “No one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line” in his address to Congress Wednesday, President Joe Biden renewed his push for a $15 minimum wage a day after issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contractors to $15. After calling on Congress to pass the PRO Act, another piece of pro-labor legislation, Pres. Biden pressed Congress, “By the way: While you’re thinking of sending things to my desk, let’s raise the minimum wage to $15.” Longtime supporters of the Fight for $15 cheered Biden’s call. “By ensuring federally contracted workers earn a more livable wage, President Biden is setting a responsible and moral example for companies nationwide to follow while responding to the demands from working people who have been struggling to support their families and our economy,” said SEIU 32BJ's Louis Davis. “Because companies rarely - if ever - raise wages on their own,” Davis added, “low-wage workers have only government leaders and unions to rely on. The difference that $15 an hour can make for so many struggling families and our economy cannot be underestimated." The new minimum for federal contractors is expected to take effect next year and is likely to increase the pay of hundreds of thousands of workers.
- David Stephen
As a follow-up to his Jan. 25 Buy America executive order, President Biden has named former AFL-CIO trade official Celeste Drake (TNG-CWA, pictured above) as the first director of the administration’s Made in America Office. “Celeste is a brilliant, critical thinker on trade and global issues who throughout her career has fought for policies that benefit America’s working families,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) said. “She is the perfect person to lead Made-in-America for the Biden–Harris administration.”
- AFL-CIO Daily Brief