The professionals who drive the NIH shuttle buses haven’t had a raise since 2012. After going public with their demand for a fair union contract, W&T Travel Services owner Darnell Lee began a sustained campaign of retaliation and intimidation to quash their rights. The NLRB’s investigation into this blatant, illegal union busting is ongoing; however, the company retaliated by firing or suspending every worker that testified to the government about the company’s illegal behavior.
Every year, our union family celebrates Labor Day to honor our hard-working members, and working men and women across the country. Here at the International, we recognize that many of you have your own Labor Day traditions and events, parades, rallies, and picnics.
Members of Local 1994, FOP Lodge 35 and IAFF Local 1664 packed the Council Office Building hearing room on July 12 to protest egregious changes to the Montgomery County Collective Bargaining law. They were joined by International Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO Tefere Gebre, UFCW International Vice President and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Stuart Appelbaum, along with a large number of state and local labor leaders.
Council President Nancy Floreen plans to introduce a bill in the County Council that would gut collective bargaining law in the Montgomery County Code. Her plan, she says, is to make collective bargaining more "transparent."
In reality, she would destroy our rights and our ability to present the best arguments possible at the negotiating table.
Over the years, lots of Councilmembers have said “sacrifices” we’ve made are more than we should expect to bear. That sacrifices need to be shared. That hasn’t stopped them from continuing to abuse us, while taking home a 17 percent raise themselves.