Unite Here 23 Wins Golden Picket Sign Award

Monday, March 3, 2014

Unite Here 23 Wins Golden Picket Sign Award(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

The fight for workplace rights and decent wages for fast food workers and low-wage employees of federal contractors caught fire in 2013 as these workers walked out of their workplaces and onto the front pages of newspapers here and across the country to dramatize their demands for living wages, decent benefits and working conditions and the right to unionize. While the struggle by 2 million employees of federal contractors continues, Smithsonian workers in late 2013 won recognition with Unite Here 23 – this year’s Golden Picket Sign Award winner -- by Restaurant Associates in a hopeful harbinger of more victories to come in 2014.  Local 23, along with other award-winners, will be recognized at the 37th annual Evening with Labor on March 15 at the Omni. Tickets are still available: email kmckirchy@dclaborarchives.org
photo: Smithsonian workers stage a 1-day strike on December 5, 2013; photo courtesy OurDC


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