The One Fair Wage campaign is pushing for better wages and better tips for restaurant professionals in DC. Initiative 77 -- endorsed by the Metro Washington Council earlier this month -- calls for employers to pay all their workers the same minimum wage of $15 an hour PLUS tips by 2025. Seven out of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in America are in the restaurant industry: 66 percent of servers living in DC are people of color and 53 percent are women. “These low wages are thanks to the National Restaurant Association, which has successfully fought for the right to not pay their workers and force them to rely entirely or mostly on tips since Emancipation,” says campaign organizer Diana Ramirez. The One Fair Wage campaign is led by women and people of color who live and work in DC, and they’re urging DC residents to vote YES on Initiative 77 on June 19. Hear Restaurant Opportunities Center DC Director Diana Ramirez on today’s Your Rights At Work on WPFW at 2p (see Calendar).
"Just so you know I am still out here reading daily, please always add that 's' to the Communications Workers name (Communication workers slam “outrageous” AT&T)," writes longtime CWA activist Carrie Biggs-Adams from San Francisco. "We are the workers of the many communications. Thanks and keep up the good work!"
“A union is the only organization that a worker has!”
from her talk yesterday at NoVA Labor; photo credit Dan Duncan
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast, featuring The Memorial Day Massacre, striking Walt Disney animators, and the Labor History Object of the Week (UFW banner).
The Johnstown Flood. More than 2,200 die when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club were found guilty of fault, despite the fact the group had created the lake out of an abandoned reservoir – 1889
Some 25,000 White autoworkers walk off the job at a Detroit Packard Motor Car Co. plant, heavily involved in wartime production, when three Black workers are promoted to work on a previously all-White assembly line. The Black workers were relocated and the Whites returned - 1943
Rose Will Monroe, popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, Ind. During WWII she helped bring women into the labor force - 1997
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