Longtime Howard University facilities management workers say that school leaders' plan to outsource their jobs could lead to reduced wages and benefits. Howard students and professors will join the workers – members of 32BJ SEIU – for a protest today, marching down Georgia Avenue to a rally in front of the Administration Building from 11 am to 12:30 pm. “Despite the fact that many of the workers have been on the job for decades, their current wages and benefits are not guaranteed,” says Local 32BJ.
The Newspaper Guild will rally tomorrow at The Washington Post as negotiations continue for a new contract. Metro Washington Council delegates voted unanimously last week to support tomorrow’s rally and many area locals are expected to turn out to demonstrate their solidarity...
photo: Guild Executive Director Cet Parks at the local's October 2 rally; photo by Chris Garlock
At the urging of Washington Teachers Union Local 6, the Metropolitan Washington Council on October 20 voted to endorse Lillian Perdomo (Ward 1) and Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3) for the DC Board of Education. "We join WTU Local 6 in urging DC voter support for Lillian Perdomo and Ruth Wattenberg, who will be strong advocates on behalf of D.C. public schools and our children," said Metro Washington Council President Jos Williams.
Nurses and first responders will call on DC Mayor Vincent Gray and the DC City Council this morning to ensure that health care workers and the public are protected against the spread of the Ebola virus. “In light of the recent situation in Northern Virginia with first responders unable to take a possible Ebola patient to the closest hospital because that hospital was not prepared, it is critical that the DC government act now,” said District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) Acting Executive Director Edward J. Smith. DCNA and Fire Fighters Local 36 are calling on the DC Mayor and City Council to immediately ensure that strict Ebola protocols and workplace safety standards are in place at all DC health care institutions. They’ll be holding a brief press conference to outline the necessary actions on the steps of the Wilson Building this morning prior to testifying at a City Council Committee on Health hearing.
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