Are you or someone you know affected by the government shutdown? Or maybe you’re just fed up with it and want your voice to be heard.
If so, join federal workers, their unions, and other supporters today at noon at the Hart Senate Office Building for our first "Occupy Hart" action.
Bring your friends and family. Our goal is fill the entire building with people and demand that Senate Republicans call the vote and #StopTheShutdown.
And we’ll be back every day until they do.
Complete details on the exact location are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1913, some 10,000 clothing workers struck in Rochester, N.Y. – my hometown -- for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union. Hear more about the strike on this week’s Labor History Today podcast, available on your favorite podcast platform, just search for – and subscribe to – Union City Radio!
Today’s labor quote is by DC Labor Chorus Elise Bryant, from the wonderful article about the Chorus in Monday’s Washington Post. Elise Bryant, who sings:
“We sing for all labor. We sing to organize. We are a mighty chorus. We’re singing for our lives.”
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