If you missed last night’s Joe Hill concert in DC, you can catch another one tonight in Baltimore. The concerts mark the 100th anniversary of labor martyr Joe Hill’s death; Hill was executed by a Utah firing squad in 1915 after being convicted of trumped-up charges. Tonight’s concert at the Unitarian Church starts at 7:30 pm.
For complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1968, the United Auto Workers and the Teamsters formed the Alliance for Labor Action, later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA's agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther.
The U.S. minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour on this date in 2008. The original minimum, set in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act, was 25¢ per hour. And on this date in 2009, it rose to $7.25 per hour, where it remains to this day, despite a grassroots movement of raise minimum wages on the local level across the country.
Today’s labor quote is by Benjamin Todd Jealous:
“No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage.”
Benjamin Todd Jealous, who said “In a democracy there are only two types of power: there's organized people and organized money, and organized money only wins when people aren't organized.”
Benjamin Todd Jealous is an American political and civic leader and former president of the NAACP.