General Membership and Executive Council Meetings: Wed., March 24 at 7 p.m.

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Local 32035’s General Membership and Executive Council Meetings will be held Wed., March 24 at 7 p.m. Here are the agendas. For a Zoom link, reach out to Treasurer Justin Moyer at justinmoyer [at] gmail. See you there!

General Membership agenda:

Consent Agenda
General Membership Meeting minutes from Nov. 30, 2020
Membership report
Financials
Credit card reports
Staff reports
Action items
M&R bargaining team approval
Verso bargaining team approval
America Votes bargaining team approval
National Assn. of Social Workers bargaining team approval
Committee updates
Organizing Committee Report
Communications Committee Report
Strategic Planning Committee Report
Old business
Election and Referendum Committee
Sexual harassment training
New business
Myanmar Solidarity
Good and welfare
Adjournment

Executive Council agenda:

Executive Council Meeting minutes from Feb. 17, 2021
Old business
Board Poll: Organizing
Board Poll: Charge against member
Staff vacation balances
New business
Good and welfare
Personnel Caucus: Work from home stipend
Adjournment


Welcome our newest staffer: Evan Yeats

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Evan Yeats is our newest staffer at WBNG who joined us in March 2021. Originally from Iowa, Evan has lived in DC since 2008. His first union membership was at AFSCME, working as an overnight police dispatcher while in college. After a stint as an award-winning radio reporter in Eastern Iowa, he became a labor communicator, organizer and representative and worked as the Communications Director for a team that won the first-ever contract for civilian municipal workers in Houston, Texas. He worked at the United Food and Commercial Workers since 2008 where he worked on campaigns for bargaining, organizing and workplace safety that helped tens of thousands of retail, food manufacturing and meatpacking workers find their voice at work. At the UFCW, he was a long-time WBNG leader including winning Unit Officer of the Year (2012) and leading the unit to the Unit of the Year (2013) at the WBNG Front Page awards. Prior to coming to WBNG, he was consulting on bargaining for news workers in California, Hawaii and Florida. He lives in Takoma, DC with his wife and three children.

WBNG NEWS

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Dear Members,

On behalf of myself and the newly installed officers of the Washington Baltimore News Guild, thank you so much for entrusting us to lead our union for the next year. Consider this the first installment of a monthly newsletter, intended to inform members of the goings on of our local, highlighting volunteer, educational, and a variety of opportunities within WBNG.

Long before we were sworn in on Feb. 17, our executive council got to work building new committees, establishing relationships with sibling and parent union officials, and overall planning for our future. We are all fiercely committed to growing our union through robust organizing, arming our members with the latest education on how to fight for our rights in the workplace, and stabilizing our finances— all during a global pandemic that has made all of this a unique, but formidable challenge.

Our intent through all of this is to unite our journalism and non-profits units, and rely on our strengths to craft contracts that promote diversity, equity, equal pay, strong anti-retaliation measures and great workplace benefits. United together, we will grow as a body and ensure a better future for our union siblings who will inherit the fruits of our labor. We’re so excited to get to work!

In Solidarity,

Fatima Hussein

President, Washington Baltimore News Guild

Washington-Baltimore News Guild Statement on Violence at the US Capitol

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Yesterday’s violence at the US Capitol building was a direct attack on our democracy and our democratic institutions, carried out by armed insurrectionists wielding symbols of hate, and encouraged by the sitting President of the United States. Before being allowed to peacefully leave the building, the terrorists scribbled a message on one of the building’s doors: “Murder the media.”

This event was the culmination of four years of dangerous rhetoric, rooted in white supremacy, that has spread lies and disinformation to advance an anti-democratic agenda. Our union is incredibly proud of the brave and diligent work of our members who were on the ground at the Capitol building yesterday, some of whom faced intimidation, harassment, and vandalism at the hands of the insurrectionists as they stood their ground to make sure that the nation was honestly and accurately informed about what was taking place.

The Washington-Baltimore News Guild strongly condemns the attempted coup and the violent intimidation and threats to our members and journalists everywhere. Never has the need for a free press been more necessary than in moments like these. The News Guild will always fight to defend the rights of working people everywhere. We will never stop working to make sure our newsrooms, non-profits, and unions reflect the diversity and inclusivity that is so desperately needed to lead this country to a better future.

MTD MOURNS LOSS OF AFL-CIO’S BYRON CHARLTON

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Following a half-century of fighting for working people around the world, AFL-CIO Legislative Representative Byron Charlton succumbed to Covid following an extended illness on December 28, 2021.

“He was a warm thoughtful colleague, someone who would pop into your office just to see how you were doing,” recalled AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “He was a conscience of the federation on racial justice; outspoken, determined and fully devoted to bettering the lives of all working people.”

Brother Charlton joined Steelworkers Local 2969 in Radford, VA, in 1970 working at Lynchburg Foundries. In the early 1980s, he helped organize Steelworkers Local 8888 at Newport News (VA) Shipbuilding.

From there, Charlton worked various assignments with the AFL-CIO, including as the assistant to the executive director of the African American Labor Center. His efforts took him to numerous locations around the world.

In the 1990s, he returned to the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington to work on legislative and policy issues. He chaired the United Department of Defense Workers Coalition, formed by more than 20 AFL-CIO affiliates when the George W. Bush administration tried to attack collective bargaining rights after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The coalition pushed back the administration’s attempt to say the rollbacks were for “national security” by pointing out union members were the first to be killed and hundreds of others died during rescue efforts at the Twin Towers of New York City.

“I knew Byron for more than 20 years,” noted MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan. “He was one of the good guys, always smiling, always friendly – unless you were attacking workers. That’s where he drew the line.”