Hundreds of union Safeway employees, members of United Food & Commercial Workers Locals 400 and 27 rallied yesterday with elected officials, community leaders and other allies, telling management to negotiate a fair contract or face a strike.
At the same rally, however, Giant workers announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, averting a potential work stoppage.
“None of us want to strike,” said Local 400 president Mark Federici, “but if this is the only option to gain a fair contract, we’re ready.”
On today’s labor calendar, tune in at 1 o’clock this afternoon here on WPFW for this week’s edition of Your Rights At Work, when our guests will include actor Tony Sancho, who’s appearing in “Mother Road” at Arena Stage; for details and the latest local labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1908, a rally for the unemployed became a major confrontation in Philadelphia, with 18 arrested for demanding jobs.
Today’s labor quote is by Richard Trumka, president of the United Mine Workers during the 10-month strike against Pittston in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia, which was settled on this date in 1990. Richard Trumka, who said
“People keep asking how long we can hold out. The answer: one day longer than Pittston.”
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