Posts Tagged ‘unions’

Endorsement Round-Up: Police Union Backs Wells

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is no fan of Vince Gray, and now another group of District law enforcers has turned on the mayor as well. Despite endorsing Gray four years ago, the District's chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police announced yesterday that it will support Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells in April's Democratic primary.
In a statement, FOP chairman-elect Delroy Burton [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is the District Setting Personnel Records on Fire?

D.C. police and firefighters union officials are asking for an investigation into what they say was a giant blaze involving three dumpsters and an abandoned car's worth of personnel records, including medical files containing private information.
In a letter sent to the Office of the Inspector General today, the heads of the two unions say that [...]

Union Yes! Jeff Thompson No?

So how did Ward 5 Councilmember-elect Kenyan McDuffie pull off such a convincing victory last night? If you were within earshot of union leaders (or on their email list) you might have heard (or read) that the strong support of organized labor made the difference.
"SEIU volunteers worked to support Kenyan McDuffie in the weeks leading [...]