That’s Shannon Skinner, a utility worker in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she works for NV Energy, and is the president of IBEW 396.
(audio) The only people that are in the field are our union members, our front line people. I think the key is to keep our members safe and the anxiety out of their lives, because it's a lot. We all have dangerous jobs on the power line and then it's dangerous enough as it is. But now to try to keep your guys' minds on task with all this stuff going on in the world is a little bit extra. We’ve actually had OSHA taking pictures of us, and I have to say, I have to brag on my crew; 'cause we're in this together. We decided to be in this together, we're doing the long haul and it makes me pretty proud and I, and another thing is I'm glad that everybody's working together.
Shannon Skinner, a utility worker in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she’s also the president of IBEW 396.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1946, at least 30,000 workers in my hometown of Rochester, N.Y., participated in a general strike in support of municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union.
Today’s labor quote is by Josephine Shaw Lowell, a 19th century Progressive Reform leader best known for creating the New York Consumers League in 1890. Josephine Shaw Lowell, who said:
”If the working people had all they ought to have, we should not have the paupers and criminals. It is better to save them before they go under, than to spend your life fishing them out afterward.
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