“You just see people’s faces light up and a part of them wakes up,” said Cacci Greenfield of CWA. “It was also moving to hear their loved ones talk about the difference it makes,” she added.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1955, the two largest labor federations in the United States ended a 20-year split, merging to form the AFL-CIO, with a membership estimated at 15 million.
And on this date in 1999, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring, "No deal is better than a bad deal."
Today’s labor quote is by American journalist and writer Robert Kuttner:
"You can be fired because somebody else is willing to do the job for less, or because the company is moving to Singapore, or because the boss had a bad breakfast. If anything, the new economy makes individuals more vulnerable. Only one mechanism institutionalizes fair play and the opportunity to voice workplace grievances without fear of retaliation – a union."
Kuttner is the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine.