By worker-correspondent Emily Jane Dennis Content warning: discussion of policies targeting gender-diverse people, discussion of sex and reproduction. Virginia’s Education Department released the “2023 Model Policies on Ensuring Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents” this week, which withdraws and replaced the “2021 Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s … Continue reading The natural world vs Governor Youngkin
Emile Schepers Barcroft Apartments is a multi-unit apartment complex in Arlington Virginia, a Washington DC suburb which Amazon has chosen to be the site of its huge new HQ2 complex. Since the initial announcement by Amazon of the choice of this community for its headquarters, local residents have been worried that the move will bring accelerated … Continue reading Tenants, Minority Working Class Community Fight for Housing as a Right in the Shadow of Amazon
AdvanSix Workers Still on Strike At least 340 workers with United Steelworkers have been on strike since April 6th, after long negotiations about wage increases and on-the-job safety had failed at AdvanSix, a chemical plant located in Hopewell, VA. This chemical plant produces caprolactam, which is the primary feedstock in the production of nylon polymer … Continue reading AdvanSix Workers Still on Strike
By a worker in the hospitality industry in Virginia….. I have spent my entire working life in the restaurant industry. From dishwasher, busboy, to chef, I have done it all. No matter what position I have been in, or what restaurant I have been in, the situation is always the same. The workers are disorganized, … Continue reading A Union for Hospitality Workers?
Event: Virginia Board of Education (BoE) hearing concerning the new revised history standards.Date of Event: 3/14/23 Report:● Event discovered through NoVA labor connections and the AFL-CIO newsletter● Event had 2 distinct parts: Rally before the hearing and the hearing itself● Rally before hearing○ Put together by a coalition of labor and community organizations ■ Unions● … Continue reading Report on the Northern Virginia Board of Education hearing concerning the new revised history standards.
Alex Oxford, Worker-Correspondent Governor Youngkin has recently taken to erasing Virginia’s rich labor history, this report was written by a Worker-Correspondent that attended one of many hearings on this issue happening across the state. (More here: https://vacpusa.org/2023/03/15/statement-from-the-district-labor-commission-3-15-23/) -There were about 60 speakers; 2 in favor of the standards (a think tank rep who was paid … Continue reading Report on the Charlottesville, Virginia Board Of Education Hearing Regarding the Whitewashing of Virginia’s Labor History
Official Statement from the Labor Commission of the Virginia District of the Communist Party USA Comrades and friends, Governor and anti-worker extremist Glenn Youngkin in conjunction with his Department of Education is pushing for new education standards for history classes throughout the Commonwealth. These new proposed standards include the blatant erasure of the central role … Continue reading Statement from the District Labor Commission (3/15/23)
Emily Jane, Worker-Correspondent Friday, March 3rd was a dreary, cold, and miserably damp evening, a small crowd huddled under umbrellas near a pop-up awning. Despite the weather, dozens of us stood together outside of the Fairfax County Government Center. It was too windy for candles, instead folks held small electric tea lights. Some brought homemade … Continue reading #JusticeForTim_J
Peter Johnson, Worker-Correspondent Virginia has been a notoriously anti-worker and anti-union state from its inception. The home-base of the slaveocracy and the Confederacy still lives up to this shameful reputation. In 2022, union members accounted for only a microscopic 3.7 percent of all wage and salary workers in Virginia. The Virginia rate of unionization is … Continue reading Union Busting in the Tidewater Region
Aloysius Wolf, Worker-Correspondent On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, an unarmed man was murdered by Fairfax Police on suspicion of stealing sunglasses. The initial statement put out by police contained three facts: Fairfax Police shot and killed a man on suspicion of theft, the man had a “violent criminal history”, and it was “unclear” if the man was armed. … Continue reading Fairfax County Police Murder Unarmed Man outside of Tysons Corner mall.