THIS JUST IN (8a): There will be a protest of Reagan's induction today starting at 12:30 at the DOL's 3rd Street entrance (3rd & C Streets NW), next to the fountain.
This Thursday, the Department of Labor will induct President Ronald Reagan into the Labor Hall of Honor, joining fellow inductees like Cesar Chavez, Mother Jones, and A. Philip Randolph. The only U.S. President to have led a major union, the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan launched the modern era of union-busting when he fired striking air traffic controllers in 1981. According to labor historian Joseph A. McCartin, the 1981 strike and defeat of PATCO -- the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization -- was "one of the most important events in late twentieth century U.S. labor history." The ceremony will commence at 1p EST in the Great Hall of the Frances Perkins Building and will be live-streamed here (try the DoL website if this link doesn't work).