With 57.70% of the vote (27,597.8 votes, an outright majority) Chuck Clay (IATSE 22) is the winner. Tom Clark (IBEW 26) received 32.10% (15,342 votes) and Michele Clarke (PGCEA) 10.30% (4,912.6 votes).
Election turnout was 59%, with 125 ballots submitted out of 213 eligible voters. Vote-by-vote results are available for review, upon request, subject to the same conditions as previously this year.
Congratulations to all three candidates for their efforts and best wishes to Brother Clay in his new position.
- MWC Election Committee
In a year when COVID has taken so many too soon, we must add another name to the list of the fallen: AFSCME Council 20 Executive Director Andrew Washington, who passed away Saturday night.
When elected in 2014, Washington became the youngest executive director of AFSCME Council 20, which today represents 8,500 federal, private and public sector workers in the metro Washington area.
Washington had a no-nonsense reputation when it came to representing and organizing members, unafraid to take on local leaders on issues of social and economic justice. He served on the national union’s Judicial Panel and was a 2016 graduate of Harvard University’s Trade Union Program.
Andrew Washington also served as first vice president of the Metro Washington Council and earlier this year filled in as Acting President, unhesitatingly taking on those additional responsibilities amidst a pandemic that was ravaging his own membership. "The hearts of the entire local labor movement go out to his family, friends, colleagues and members," said MWC president Dyana Forester.
“Andrew always brought a fresh perspective to any conversation about our union’s future," said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. "Andrew was a tireless champion for the workers he represented and always had their best interests at heart, whether at the bargaining table or the public podium. Andrew’s ideas, commitment and youthful energy are irreplaceable.”
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MD State and DC AFL-CIO 2021 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Conference: Mon, December 21, 1pm – 3pm
A brief overview and discussion of the major aspects of the 2021 MD General Assembly and broad issues impacting labor. This year’s conference will be held via Zoom. There is no fee to attend, however you must register in advance to receive the link to join. Materials for the conference will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to start of conference.
Metro Washington Council Delegate meeting: Tue, December 22, 2pm – 4pm
Election for 2nd Vice President and Saul Schniderman sings his annual holiday labor song, affiliate reports and more.
Union City Radio: Your Rights at Work ("A Red Carol"): Thu, December 24, 1pm – 2pm
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This week's show: "A Red Carol," the new radio drama from the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Union City Radio: Your Rights at Work (Labor music call-in): Thu, December 31, 1pm – 2pm
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This week's show: See out the old year and ring in the new with your favorite labor songs! Call in with your requests: 202-588-0893
UC on holiday hiatus: Union City will next appear on Monday, January 4. Urgent updates or breaking news will be posted on our website and/or Twitter feed. We wish everyone safe and restful holidays and look forward to a happier New Year in 2021.
Missed yesterday's Your Rights At Work radio show? Catch the podcast here; A Red Carol; Workers in holiday movies. The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Daniel Savio, on A Red Carol, their version of the Dickens classic, which airs next week on Christmas Eve at 1pm on Your Rights At Work. Plus: Kathy Newman discusses the workers who make your favorite holiday movies possible.
The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) last night announced an agreement with DC Public Schools on a Memorandum of Agreement that lays out conditions needed to return to in-person learning.
“DC teachers miss our students and recognize that many have struggled to adapt to distance learning,” said WTU President Elizabeth Davis. “Reopening our schools won’t be a return to normal; we are committed to finding ways to best support our students who have struggled the most during the pandemic.” The agreement is effective through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year or through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic health emergency, whichever is sooner. It calls for increased transparency around facility walk-throughs, ensuring that Local School Advisory Teams (LSAT’s), bodies elected to represent school communities, and other members of local school communities are able to verify that facilities are ready to reopen. “The safety of our students, school–based staff, and communities must remain our top priority,” Davis continued. “As we move forward, it is critical that our individual schools are open about the work that has been done to ensure proper air circulation and other protections are in place in every school building before it reopens to in-person learning. We must take every precaution and build trust that we’ve done all that is possible to safeguard our communities.”