FAITH, COMMUNITY HOLD VIGIL FOR STRIKING WINGS WORKERS CALL ON GW UNIVERSITY AND CLARK CONSTRUCTION TO REPENT

PRESS ADVISORY:rnFebruary 15, 2010rnContact (DC Jobs with Justice): Ruth Castel-Branco: 202-489-2273 , rcastel@dclabor.org rnrnFAITH, COMMUNITY HOLD VIGIL FOR STRIKING WINGS WORKERS, CALL ON GW UNIVERSITY AND CLARK CONSTRUCTION TO REPENTrnrnWHAT: On Ash Wednesday, faith and community leaders will hold a candlelight vigil to at George Washington University’s Square 54 Project, to call for a resolution to the Wings Workers’ Strike.rnrnFour months ago, workers from DC-based subcontractor Wings Enterprises Inc.-which performs concrete reinforcement for general contractor Clark Construction-walked out on strike in response to low pay, lack of health insurance and drinking water, and verbal abuse from management. In retaliation the company unlawfully terminated more than 30 employees.rnrn”As GW students, it’s important to us that the workers building our facilities are treated fairly,” said Landon Elkind, a GW student and member of the Progressive Student Union. “Rather than a place of opportunity, for iron workers the university has become a site of abuse, misfortune and intimidation. We hope that today the GW administration and Clark Construction will take stock of their transgressions and help bring this strike to a resolution.”rnrnWHEN: Wednesday, February 17th 2010. 4:00-6:00pmrnrnWHERE: Corner of 23 and I St NW. Washington, DCrn( In front of the Square 54 construction project and Foggy Bottom Metro).rnrnWHO: DC Jobs with Justice, DC Workers Rights Board, Interfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington, Justice At Wings Worker Support Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council AFl-CIO, Progressive Student Union.rnrnVISUALS: Posters, banners, candles, puppets…rnrn###rnrn

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