That’s AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on State of the Unions, the AFL-CIO’s podcast:
(audio) About five years ago, I was invited to participate in the Foundation Fund Initiative on the Future of Work, and they said, ‘Well, you know we might want to have a worker perspective, and we’ll have one person at this table.’ And, it was a table of about 50 people—mainly business leaders, tech experts and one worker voice. That really woke me up because...working people should be included in every conversation, and it’s the future of workers really if you think about it.
So, we’ve been...pushing our way into these conversations and these forums and everywhere we can find because this is going to be the next frontier for the labor movement. I believe that work is going to be so fluid. It’s going to be changing so much that we need to figure out what the new form of worker representation looks like.”
Hear more on “State of the Unions” wherever you listen to podcasts.
On today’s labor calendar, the locked-out Baltimore Symphony musicians are out on the picket line today from 8 am to 9:30 am in Baltimore;
Then at 6 tonight, check out this month’s Bread & Roses program on “The craft of writing” with Bill Fletcher, Gary Frank and Tim Sheard, all longtime labor activists who have published novels in the last year. The free program will include readings, followed by Q&A and discussion. That’s tonight at 6 at the Takoma Busboys and Poets.
For details and the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1934, the San Francisco Longshoreman's strike spread, becoming a 4-day general strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Harriet Tubman, who said:
“I would have freed more slaves if they had known they were slaves.”
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