The Maryland State Conference NAACP recently honored Local 400 President Mark Federici with the Labor Service Award. “I am deeply humbled by this award,” said Mark Federici. “Our union family is proud to stand with the NAACP and we are privileged to partner with many of its chapters throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our partnership helps to build a stronger community to fight for a better life for working people.” The recognition was presented at the organization’s 78th Annual Convention in October.
This week’s "Your Rights At Work" radio show on WPFW featured the latest on the DC East End hospital crisis with Metro Washington Council president Jackie Jeter and Dr. Hugh Mighty, Dean of the Howard College of Medicine, a report from the NewsGuild’s Fredrick Kunkle on a possible strike by writers at Slate, plus Mixed Martial Arts fighter Leslie Smith tag-teams with EPI to fight back after being fired for organizing (Check out this cool "GLUE: Gorgeous Ladies Unionizing Everywhere!" video from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee). Available on podcast (search for Union City Radio) or click here.
“It changes people’s expectations about what’s possible.”
Lang is president of UNITE HERE Local 26 in Boston, where hotel workers (photo) recently won major victories at Marriott after striking.
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show, Patrick Dixon interviews union organizer and labor historian Doug Nesbitt about the 1995 general strike by forty thousand workers in London, Ontario, Canada. Plus Noam Chomsky on general strikes and Leon Fink on the AFL-CIO's support for the Viet Nam war.
Some 33,000 striking members of the Machinists end a 69-day walkout at Boeing after winning pay and benefit increases and protections against subcontracting some of their work overseas - 1995
AFL convention passes a 1¢ per capita assessment to aid the organization of women workers (Exact date uncertain) - 1913
The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who were going from mine to mine attacking non-striking miners in the Pittsburg coal fields. The women made headlines across the state and the nation: they were christened the "Amazon Army" by the New York Times - 1921
Eight days after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, the AFL pledges that there will be no strikes in defense-related plants for the duration of World War II - 1941
Meeting in its biennial convention, the AFL-CIO declares “unstinting support” for “measures the Administration might deem necessary to halt Communist aggression and secure a just and lasting peace” in Vietnam - 1967
The U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act becomes law. It bars employment discrimination against anyone aged 40 or older - 1967
California's longest nurses’ strike ended after workers at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp., ending a 13-month walkout - 2003
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union organizer Clinton Jencks, who led New Mexico zinc miners in the strike depicted in the classic 1954 movie Salt of the Earth, dies of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 - 2005
The National Civic Federation is formed by business and labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to resolve conflicts between management and labor. Not all unionists agreed with the alliance. The group turned increasingly conservative and labor withdrew after Gompers’ 1924 death - 1900
New York City’s Majestic Theater becomes first in the U.S. to employ women ushers - 1902
The Bagel Bakers of America union is continuing a work slowdown at 32 of New York’s 34 bagel bakeries in a dispute over health and welfare fund payments and workplace sanitation, the New York Times reports. Coincidentally—or not—lox sales were down 30 percent to 50 percent as well. The effect on the cream cheese market was not reported - 1951
Four railway unions merge to become the United Transportation Union: Trainmen, Firemen & Enginemen, Switchmen, and Conductors and Brakemen - 1968
Eight female bank tellers in Willmar, Minn., begin the first strike against a bank in U.S. history. At issue: they were paid little more than half what male tellers were paid. The strike ended in moral victory but economic defeat two years later - 1977
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services
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