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In A Historic Union Election, Arlington County, Virginia Workers Choose AFSCME

Published Sunday, July 31, 2022
by AFSCME Staff News
In A Historic Union Election, Arlington County, Virginia Workers Choose AFSCME

(ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA) - In a historic Union Election, Arlington County, Virginia Service, Labor and Trades Workers have voted overwhelmingly to join American Federation of State, County & Municipal (AFSCME) Council 20.

The Employees are among the first Public Service Workers in the State of Virginia to Unionize since 2020, when a Worker-led campaign successfully overturned a decades-old State Law that banned collective bargaining in the Public Sector.

“I’m enormously proud to be standing with my Co-Workers and using our voices together to make our community and our families stronger,” James Rodriguez, who serves as President of AFSCME Local 3001, said in a press release. “Together, we’ll bargain a strong contract that can address the disparity in wages between Arlington County and similar communities and expand our health care benefits and retirement plans.”

The Workers voted 117-to-12 in favor of joining AFSCME.

As a result, some 343 Service, Labor and Trades Workers in Arlington County will begin bargaining a first contract, focusing on issues such as wage increases, improving health care and retirement benefits and more.

To Continue Reading This Organizing Labor News Story, Go To: www.afscme.org/blog/in-historic-election-arlington-county-virginia-workers-choose-afscme

 

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