Today’s labor calendar includes tonight’s free screening of the film “Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields” beginning at 5pm at the AFL-CIO, which includes a discussion with the film’s director. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for details and to RSVP.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1830, the term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appeared in print in the New York Daily Sentinel. The newspaper was quoting a typesetter while reporting on replacement workers who had agreed to work for two-thirds of the going rate.
And in 1946, a four-month UAW strike at General Motors ended with a new contract. The strikers were trying to make up for the lack of wage hikes during World War II.
Today's labor quote is by Eric Schlosser:
"There is more interest in food than ever, yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food."
- Eric Schlosser, who’s featured in the film “Food Chains,” is an American journalist and author whose books include “Fast Food Nation” and “Chew On This”