While the government shutdown has been over for weeks, thousands of area workers continue to feel the effects. So Community Services Agency Executive Director Sonte DuCote was “ecstatic” when AFGE Local 12 Executive Vice President LaRhonda Gamble and Local 12 retiree Linda Hale stopped by earlier this week to deliver gift cards donated by an anonymous Local 12 donor. "Generous donors like this are truly a blessing," said Gamble. "CSA is truly grateful,” DuCote added. “This enhances our capacity to help those workers still living with the after-effects of the prolonged shutdown. Thank you!”
“If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.”
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show: labor archivist Ben Blake talks about efforts to “document the now” during the recent government shutdown, and political science professor Marissa Martino Golden reveals that even with a president attempting to turn agency policy 180 degrees, most career civil servants are focused on doing their jobs. Interviews by Alan Wierdak and Patrick Dixon.
Legendary labor leader and socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs becomes charter member and secretary of the Vigo Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Five years later he is leading the national union and in 1893
helps found the nation’s first industrial union, the American Railway Union - 1875
Birth of John Steinbeck in Salinas, Calif. Steinbeck is best known for writing The Grapes of Wrath, which exposed the mistreatment of migrant farm workers during the Depression and led to some reforms - 1902
Thirty-eight miners die in a coal mine explosion in Boissevain, Va. - 1932
Four hundred fifty Woolworth’s workers and customers occupy store for eight days in support of Waiters and Waitresses Union, Detroit - 1937
The Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes, a major organizing tool for industrial unions, are illegal - 1939
Mine disaster kills 75 at Red Lodge, Mont. - 1943
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services.
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