Here’s the line-up; full details are on our website at dclabor.org, c;ick on Calendar.
Tomorrow, check out Jews United for Justice’s Labor on the Bimah program with guest speaker Robert Molofsky on “The Public Fight Against the Private DC Circulator and the Janus Decision” starting at 10:30am.
On Sunday, NoVA Labor will host their annual Labor Day Picnic starting at 12 noon.
On Sunday night, score with Labor Night at D.C. United, starting at 7:30pm.
And on Monday – Labor Day – Bill Fletcher and I will host our second annual Labor Day Special from 9:00am – 12:00 noon right here on WPFW.
We’ll have great hosts from across the country as we check in on the latest labor struggles and victories; hope you can join us!
In today's labor history,
on this date in 1921, 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, West Virginia, for recognition of their union, the United Mine Workers of America. It was the nation’s single largest armed uprising since the Civil War and its most violent labor insurrection. Sheriff Don Chafin hired private airplane pilots to fly over the miners and drop homemade bombs on them and newspapers from around the country sent war correspondents to cover the battle. Federal troops were eventually sent in, and miners were forced to withdraw five days later, after 16 deaths. The Blair Mountain Battlefield was just re-listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June of this year after a long battle to save it from being destroyed by mining companies.
Today’s labor quote is by Sierra Club attorney Aaron Isherwood, who said
“Blair Mountain is an important part of our nation's history, and clearly not a place that should be destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining.”