And today’s the deadline for contributions to the Community Services Agency’s Labor’s Holiday Basket project.
Non-perishable goods, gift cards or cash will go directly to help area working families in need during the holidays; contact Kathleen McKirchy at 202-974-8221 or check out CSA’s page on the dclabor.org website for details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1907, an explosion in the Darr Mine in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania killed 239 coal miners. Seventy-one of the dead share a common grave in Olive Branch Cemetery. December 1907 was the worst month in U.S. coal mining history, with more than 3,000 dead.
And on this date in 1983, the 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ended with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee.
Today’s labor quote is by Criss Jami:
“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen;
the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man's true worth.”
Criss Jami is a poet, singer, essayist and existentialist philosopher.