Transit workers refused to speak at yesterday's WMATA Board meeting after the board decided to extend General Manager Paul Wiedefeld's contract and award him a raise with virtually no public notice.
ATU Local 689 called the move "a slap in the face" for Metro riders and workers frustrated with delays and safety issues.
The union attended the meeting but said it would not participate in the public comment portion because, they said, "the WMATA Board does not listen to its riders or its workers."
On today's labor calendar,
I’ll be hosting "Arise!” here on WPFW from 9 to 10am this morning, when we’ll discuss the “It’s Time, D.C.” campaign, which is calling on the DC city council to pass legislation to protect housing threatened by thousands of short-term rentals like Airbnb, many of which are illegal.
At 10am the American Federation of Teachers hosts a discussion and coffee with Fin Shigang and Li Wen, labor activists and authors of "Striking To Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocation in China."
Details, as always, on our website, dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1864, the International Workingmen’s Association was founded in London. It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. The Association functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership of eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies.
Today’s labor quote is from the Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen’s Association, written by Karl Marx, which concludes with these stirring words:
“Proletarians of all countries, unite!”
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