Six hundred Fairfax Connector workers walked out on strike yesterday, joining the bus drivers in Lorton who have been on strike for over a month.
That’s ATU Local 689 president Raymond Jackson, explaining why the Transdev workers are taking such a strong stand against the Metro contractor currently being investigated for 36 separate allegations that Transdev violated federal labor law in the workplace and in contract negotiations.
On today’s labor calendar, striking bus drivers are picketing at multiple locations; check out our calendar at dclabor.org, where you’ll find all the latest local labor events listings, including tonight’s screening at AFI of the new Ken Loach film, “Sorry We Missed You.”
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1869, African American delegates met in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union.
African Americans were excluded from existing labor unions at the time. Isaac Myers, a prominent organizer of African-American workers, met with other African-American laborers to form what became the Colored National Labor Union, which welcomed members of all races.
Today’s labor quote is by Isaac Myers, who said:
"The white and colored … must come together and work together… The day has passed for the establishment of organizations based upon color…"
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