This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
Contract workers headed back to work this week after the 35-day government shutdown, but they aren’t getting back pay.
UNITE HERE Local 23 is hosting another emergency set of assistance clinics for members facing utility shutoffs or other urgent financial situations and need volunteers reports Allison Burket.
“No experience is necessary,” Alison says, “we’ll train volunteers on what resources we’re providing.”
The clinics will be this Thursday, January 31, from 3 to 6:30pm and Saturday, February 2, from 10am to 4pm, both at Local 23’s offices in Crystal City. You can RSVP to [email protected] – that’s [email protected] -- with your availability, and if you’re fluent in Spanish, which is not necessary but helpful.
Full details on our website at dclabor.org, and we also have a link where you can send a message to Congress demanding back pay for contractors.
For the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1932. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression. His legislative achievements included the creation of the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize unions, bargain collectively, and strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Who said:
“It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it has free and independent labor unions.”
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