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This Just In: Strikers Win Long Battle for Justice

Photos of the 2010 Daycon strike by Adam Wright and Chris Garlock.

A report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

It took two-and-a-half years but the Teamsters 639 strike against Daycon is finally over. The Upper Marlboro, Md.-based janitorial and maintenance supply company is calling the last remaining strikers back to work after a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings in the union’s favor.

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Verizon Strike Anniversary Marked

Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday.

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

To show the telecom giant Verizon is still "turning its back" a year after its workers went on strike, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County, Md., with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday. The group displayed the letters V-E-R-I-Z-O-N on their backs and held banners declaring Verizon is "turning their back" on consumers and employees. 

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'Labor Night at the Nats' is a Hit

(Left to Right) Duncan, Briscoe, McKirchy, Brown and Wise receiving the Spirit Award; photo by Julia Kann

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Thousands of union members headed to the Nationals (Nats) ballpark in Washington, D.C., Friday with friends and family for the first doubleheader of "Labor Night at the Nats." The event raises money for the Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps union families in times of need. 

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CWA and IBEW Ask for Mediation in Verizon Contract Talks

Photo of 11/2/2011 CWA/Occupy D.C. March, by Julia Kann

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Unable to negotiate an agreement for over a year, Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW) have asked the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to step in to help with negotiations with Verizon Communications.

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Pepco Union Faults Short-Staffing for Long Outages

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Short-staffing at Pepco is as much to blame for the recent power outages as Mother Nature, according to the union that represents more than 1,000 Pepco workers. “We’ve been complaining for years that staffing levels are too low,” Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900 President Jim Griffin says. Griffin testified at the DC Cit...

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VA Downgrades Stopped as Vets Speak Out

Photo of AFGE rally against downgrades on 6/13/2012 by Metro Washington Council Union City Editor Chris Garlock: http://www.dclabor.org/ht/display/ArticleDetails/i/102658

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Just weeks after hundreds of VA employees took to the streets to demand an end to “unfounded and arbitrary downgrades” for low-wage employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the VA announced a decision to halt the downgrades. American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), representing workers at the VA, said the downgrades were targeting the lowest-paid workers, many of whom are women, minorities and veterans themselves.

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IBEW Local 1900 Works to Keep the Lights On in Storm Aftermath

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City

With soaring temperatures and storm damage still weighing on residents, Pepco employees—represented by IBEW Local 1900—are working around the clock to restore electrical power across the D.C. metro area.

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