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Thursday, March 16, 2017   

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Metro flyering 1: Tell WMATA “We will not pay more for less!”
Thu, March 16, 7am – 9am
Rosslyn Station, 1850 North Moore St, Arlington, VA 22209
Union City Radio: Your Rights at Work
Thu, March 16, 1pm – 2pm
WPFW 89.3 FM or listen online
Guest: AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, on government worker rights on the job and the current GOP attacks on federal workers and their unions. 
Metro flyering 2: Tell WMATA “We will not pay more for less!”
Thu, March 16, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Foggy Bottom-GWU Station, 2301 I St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Federal workers battle to keep their voice at work: While public attention is focused on the Trump/GOP health care proposal, Congress is also moving fast to pass three bills that would take away the rights of working people in the federal government to have a collective voice on the job. These bills—H.R. 1259, H.R. 1364 and H.R. 1461—are “a blatant attempt to undermine the ability of federal employees to do their jobs effectively to best serve veterans and other taxpayers,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. calls it “The most blatant attack on federal union representatives that I have seen throughout all my years of representing federal workers.” Click here now to send an email to your representative opposing these attacks on federal employees (NOTE: Federal workers please be sure to do it on your own time, your own phone or computer and off government property). “Please take action,” urges AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, whose locals represent local federal workers. “Our survival is at stake.”
photo: EPA workers and their supporters rally in support of the agency Wednesday; photo by Chris Garlock/Union City
Union City generates “Love Songs” lead:
“Did you know that your great work in publishing our casting call (Open Auditions This Week For Upcoming Labor Show 2/7 UC) brought us the lead of the whole show, the woman who is the center of the action?” writes Steve Jones, composer of the upcoming labor jazz opera “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars: The 1940’s Tobacco Workers Struggle” The show’s main character, courageous Theodosia Simpson is played by AFSCME 1808 member Ayana Reed (right), “a young, intensely talented young woman who learned about it through Union City,” says Jones, adding “Hey – that might be an article for Union City! ‘Union rank-and-file: By day, does her job at Library: at night, she lifts up her voice and brings the house down.’” Now, with less than $2,000 left to raise, let’s see if UC readers can put the show’s fundraiser over the top; click here to donate. Performances are March 30, March 31 and April 1; purchase tickets here.
photo by Matt Losak
Today’s Labor Quote: AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, based on a poem by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Environmental Protection Agency,
but I didn’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Department of Education,
but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,
but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Department of Justice,
but I don’t work there so I said nothing,
Then they came for the Federal unions, but I was not a member, so I said nothing,
Then they came for me, my rights and my job—but there was no one left to speak for me.

Goldman will be honored as Outstanding Trade Unionist of the Year at the Metro Washington Council’s annual Evening with Labor on March 25; tickets available here
photo: at March 15 EPA rally; photo by Chris Garlock/Union City
Today in Labor History
The United Packinghouse Workers of America refused to accept a 9-cent wage increase and began a nationwide strike, shutting down 140 plants around the country – 1948

The United Federation of Teachers was formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city – 1960

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