Posts Tagged ‘labor unions’

Hotel Workers Bring the Noise

At 7:00 a.m. this morning, members of the UNITE-HERE union started picketing outside the Marriott Wardman hotel in Woodley Park while they negotiate a new contract—and organizers say they won't go away until it's signed, or until they go to another one of the seven hotels that's negotiating with them. (Okay, they'll stop at night).
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Labor: Union-Busting BID Director is the One Percent!

Earlier this spring, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District had to call off its annual power breakfast for the release of the State of Downtown report, worried that a protest by their red-jacketed Safety and Maintenance workers (SAMs) might make the mucketymucks in attendance uncomfortable. Their grievance: The 100-ish-person staff had narrowly voted to join [...]

Can LiUNA Rebuild a Movement by Advertising on Bus Shelters?

Public employees unions have advertised on bus shelters before, and the strategy's expanding: LiUNA, the biggest construction union in the region, just went live with new ads on bus and metro stops to try to attract new members. A spokesman tells me  they're located on Columbia Road NW, 16th Street near the White House, Pennsylvania [...]

With Supreme Court Ruling, Walmart Opponents Lose a Talking Point

Betty Dukes and the 1.5 million women who signed on to a class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Walmart aren't the only ones who lost out in the Supreme Court's decision to not hear the case. Groups fighting Walmarts around the country—including the ones coming into Washington D.C.—now have one less argument in their offensive [...]

Faced With Union Protest, Downtown BID Cancels Report Release

Bright and early tomorrow morning, the Downtown Business Improvement District was scheduled to release its annual State of Downtown Report, a splashy event at the Newseum typically attended by the city's development mucketymucks. But in the last few days, they learned that the event would be protested by some of their own staff: The red-suited [...]

Walmart Moves on New York, Ward 4 Marches on Foulger-Pratt

Walmart's mounting a new offensive to gain entrance to New York City, but the stealth strategy won't work there like in did in  Washington D.C. The company has been nosing around New York for years now, only to be defeated by unions and skeptical politicians–but this time, it doesn't intend to be denied, coming with [...]

Wage Theft Complaints on the Rise in D.C.

When you add a tip to a receipt, are you sure that the server is actually getting that cut? If you’re working a government construction job, are you sure you’re getting the prevailing wage for the area? The economy hasn’t just depressed rates and payrolls—it’s also just made some employers more likely to short their [...]

Why Workers Go Non-Union

My story's on the cover this week, so it won't show up on the blog. But I wanted to add a little outtake about Southland Concrete, which added a bit to my understanding of the anti-union mentality. Southland president Randy Green, after all, could once have joined a union himself: He worked his way up [...]

Should a Union-Busting Company Build the MLK Memorial?

After the fracas over its Chinese sculptor, the folks behind the Martin Luther King Memorial have been very careful who they choose to build the Mall's newest installation. They've hired 56 percent minority and women-owned firms, which a press release says has “made inclusion and a spirit of diversity on the project a top priority [...]