That’s Fire Fighters president Harold Schaitberger, talking about the toll of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on firefighters and their families…
(audio) And then finally, it took about not quite 48 hours to finally realize what the final magnitude of it was. But we immediately put into place you know our effort to take care of our families, providing cars that had been lost, the families of those perished, to stand up our own fund where we ultimately raised $162 million. Without one penny going to administrative fees and every dollar going to the families of those members. So it was--it was you know an unbelievable challenge for this Union but it--it met the challenge.
Fire Fighters president Harold Schaitberger, on the latest episode of State of the Unions, the AFL-CIO’s podcast.
On today’s labor calendar, the Metro Washington Council meets tonight at 6:30 at the AFL-CIO; details and all the latest local labor events listings are at dclabor.org. click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1974, Postal Workers began a four-day strike at the bulk and foreign mail center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The wildcat walkout was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”.
Today’s labor quote is by Ken Riley, president of Local 1422 of the International Longshoremen’s Association in Charleston, South Carolina, whose members were brutally attacked by 600 police while picketing on this date in 2000. Ken Riley, who said:
“We come from the American South where labor is oppressed. We continue to win because losing is not an option.”
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