Posts Tagged ‘labor’

Public Employee Union Backs Gray

Back in September, Geo T. Johnson, the executive director of the District's AFSCME local, predicted that his members would back Vince Gray if the mayor ran for re-election. Johnson's prediction came true today, with Gray's campaign and the union set to announce later this morning that the union is endorsing Gray for another term.
Johnson didn't respond to a request for comment about [...]

Gray Lands Hotel Union Endorsement

Poor relations with the Fraternal Order of Police could cost Vince Gray part of the labor coalition that swept him into office in 2010, but another union is signing up for another election with the mayor. Hotels workers with Unite Here! Local 25 endorsed Gray last night for the second time in a mayor's race, with union head John Boardman saying Gray [...]

Tommy Wells Sides With Union at Shaw Giant Opening

District ribbon cuttings aren't generally known for their controversy, with political rivals willing to make nice at least as long as they're holding those big scissors. Mayoral hopeful and Ward 6 councilmember Tommy Wells took a different approach at last night's O Street Market Giant opening in Shaw, though, helping union workers pull off a protest [...]

Not Every Union Is Mad At Vince Gray

LL's column this week is about what Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act means for his relationship with unions. It's not good—Joslyn Williams, the local AFL-CIO head, says he doubts that Gray, the 2010 darling of labor, could get their endorsement if he runs again.
But not every union is threatening to [...]

There Is Glower in a Union

D.C. AFL-CIO boss Joslyn Williams didn’t just lend his union’s endorsement to Vince Gray’s campaign for mayor—he lent his face. In a 2010 YouTube video with the “Gray for Mayor” logo in the corner, Williams expounded on the worker’s paradise that awaited under a Gray administration.
There was hope, Williams said, that “four years under a [...]

Wells Says No to Water Board Pick

Ward 6 Councilmartyr and almost mayoral candidate Saint Tommy Wells says he'll be voting against lobbyist Rod Woodson's nomination to the D.C. Water board of directors.
The move isn't much of a surprise, as Wells put a delay on Woodson's nomination late last month over concerns about a potential conflict of interest stemming from Woodson's representation of [...]

State of the Unions

Last September at Vince Gray’s primary-night victory party, amid the line dancing to Chuck Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose,” union officials passed out posters with then-Mayor Adrian Fenty’s picture on them under the word “BYE!”
The posters were printed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the larger public-employee unions in the District, [...]