|From the CAP Files: The Case of the Missing Evidence They say that honesty is the best policy but it cost a housekeeper at a major DC hotel her job. One day, at the end of her shift, the housekeeper found a large bag containing alcoholic beverages that had been left outside the employee lounge area. She turned the bag in to security but on her next scheduled day of work, she was told that she had been accused of attempting to steal the items. Told to resign or face discharge for theft of hotel property, the worker resigned. Thanks to representation by a Metro Council Claimant Advocacy Program attorney, however, the worker was able to collect unemployment benefits when she prevailed at a hearing where the employer failed to present evidence of theft or attempted theft. The Claimant Advocacy Program (CAP) is a free legal counseling service available to individuals who file unemployment compensation appeals in the District of Columbia. Call 202-974-8159 for more info.
Love with a Union Label on Valentine’s Day: Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14, toast your love with champagne that carries a union label or touch up your pheromones a bit with some smell-good union-made scents. It turns out there are many union-made treats you can give out on Valentine’s Day. The iconic Necco candy Sweethearts conversation hearts are made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM). Several familiar sparkling libations such as J. Roget and Tott’s are produced by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Here are some more products made by union members compiled by our friends at Labor 411. Want info on more union-made products? Text MADE to 235246 (standard data and message rates may apply).
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Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a March 18, 1968 rally in support of the striking Memphis sanitation workers:
“You are demonstrating that we can stick together. You are demonstrating that we are all tied in a single garment of destiny, and that if one black person suffers, if one black person is down, we are all down”
Today in Labor History
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is arrested while leading a protest of conditions in West Virginia mines. She was 83 years old at the time – 1913 Some 1,300 sanitation workers begin what is to become a 64-day strike in Memphis, ultimately winning union recognition and wage increases. The April 4 assassination in Memphis of Martin Luther King Jr., who had been taking an active role in mass meetings and street actions, brought pressure on the city to settle the strike – 1968 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces he will call out the National Guard, if necessary, to deal with any “unrest” among state employees in the wake of his decision to unilaterally end nearly all collective bargaining rights for the workers – 2011 – compiled/edited by Union Communication Services
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