Also on Wednesday, tens of thousands of Walmart workers, fast-food, retail and other low-wage workers engaged in a massive nationwide strike in their fight for $15 dollars an hour, consistent full-time hours and the right to join a union. Since the Black Friday Walmart strikes and the fast-food workers strikes began more than two years ago, the movement has gained support around the globe and now includes retail workers, home care providers, airport workers and adjunct professors. Read more at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar, Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will discuss her new book, The Age of Dignity, at the AFL-CIO at 12:30pm and at 1pm there’s a rally in Waldorf, to tell Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer to oppose Fast Track; his colleague Chris Van Hollen came out against the bill earlier this week. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here's today's labor history: In 2013, an explosion at a West Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people and injured nearly 300 when 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in sheds without sprinkler systems—caught fire. Of those killed, ten were emergency responders.
Today's labor quote is by Ai-jen Poo:
“ One thing I’ve learned: in the face of all kinds of indignities, domestic workers take so much pride in their work and love the children they care for.”
Ai-jen Poo, who said, “Domestic workers are at the whim of their employers”