Hot Labor Summer – Feel the Union Heat

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The Friday Power Lunch started with LUISA BOYARSKI (Director, Virginia Grassroots Coalition) who delivered her grassroots update with a special focus on early voting. She told us about the early voting happy hours being planned around the state and discussed vote by mail.

Saturday, September 9, 9am
Network NOVA’s Day of Canvassing with Natan Mckenzie, Herb Walke and Traci Franssen 8112 Hillcreek Dr Midlothian, VA 23112
Join Network NOVA for coffee and canvass to help flip Chesterfield blue.

Early Voting Happy Hours – September 22

  • Fairfax (4pm) “We VOTED Early Happy Hour” at the Fairfax County Government Center.
  • Front Royal (5-7 pm) “Party at PaveMint Smokin Taphouse”
  • Loudoun (4pm) “I VOTED Early Happy Hour” Come join us to early vote at the Loudoun Board of Elections Office, Leesburg (750 Miller Dr SE Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175) at 4:00pm and then head over to a restaurant in Leesburg.
  • Virginia Beach (6-8pm) “Come on Barbie Let’s Go Party – you just voted early! Celebrate with COVA Coalition in Virginia Beach” For more info

CHELSEA BLANC (President of the Metropolitan DC Chapter of Coalition of Labor Union Women) discussed the history of women in the labor movement and then played a game with the audience to guess the name of women founders and current leaders of labor organizations.

Members of the Washington Mid-Atlantic Local of SAG-AFTRA explained the issues behind the strike with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over a new contract to address how streaming services and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have negatively affected how they are compensated for their work. We learned that 88% of people under 30 approve of unions.

  • KATHRYN KLVANA (President)
  • TOWANDA UNDERDUE (Theatrical Negotiating Committee)
  • GABRIEL KORNBLUH (Strike Captain)
  • ELLIOTT BALES (Strike Captain)

Contribute to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund
Purchase strike T-shirts – $5 of every purchase goes to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Join us on the line! Across the country! Picket schedules updated regularly:
Hire us! If you need talent for a corporate video or regional commercial, reach out to the SAG-AFTRA local office – email or call 301-657-2560.

We then spotlighted Power Pack SD-24 with candidates Senator Monty Mason, SD 24, and Jessica Anderson, HD 71, who provided updates on how we can help flip this important region blue.

Be sure to register for this week’s Friday Power Lunch where we will feature Power Pack Senate District 12 (Natan McKenzie) and the Chesterfield Power Pack

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