“The energy in the room is fabulous and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this important occasion,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who hosted the evening’s program. You can read more about the event at dclabor.org, where you can also check out photo highlights.
On today's labor calendar, catch a free screening of NO ROOM FOR REFUGEES: A PROGRAM OF FOUR SHORT FILMS that’s part of the ongoing Films Across Borders series co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest, tonight at 6 at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets.
Complete details on our website, dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1927, six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner were killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colorado. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts.
Today’s labor quote is by Merle Travis, from his song “Dark as a Dungeon”:
performed here by John Mellencamp:
Come and listen you fellows, young and so fine,
And seek not your fortune in the dark, dreary mines.
It will form as a habit and seep in your soul,
'Till the stream of your blood is as black as the coal.
And it's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew,
Where danger is double and pleasures are few,
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
And it's dark as a dungeon way down in the mines.