“Our unions are filled with talented members whose cultural skills often go unnoticed,” says PoetryFest coordinator Gene Bruskin. “This is a moment to honor them and provide an opportunity for them to inspire us all by performing their creative expressions about the world of work.”
Poets of all kinds are welcome, including hip hop and rap, as long as the poetry touches on the working life and life as a worker. Contact [email protected] for details and more information.
Look for thousands of union members at tonight’s annual Labor Night at the Nats; game time is 7:05pm; and, for all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today's labor history, on this date in 1978, a wildcat strike by Metro workers was in its second day. The strike would last six days and was sparked by anger over contracting work out and failure to bargain in good faith, issues the union is still battling today.
Today’s labor quote is by David Riehle, a former railroad engineer and an organizer for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the historic Minneapolis truckers' strike, which took place on this date in 1934. Two were killed, and 67 wounded when police opened fire on striking Teamsters on what came to be known as "Bloody Friday."
David Riehle, who said:
"This event hit national significance in terms of the American labor movement. It really was one of the battles that ignited the struggle for unionization that unfolded throughout the '30s."
You can hear more about the strike on the Labor History Today podcast, just search for Union City Radio on your favorite podcast platform.