Here’s a quick rundown of some of the day’s highlights:
Starting right here on WPFW, there will be great labor programming all day, starting with Bill Fletcher’s International Workers' Day Special from 9-11am, followed by the “Your Rights at Work” call-in show from 11-1, which I’ll host with Hannah Kane from the Employment Justice Center, and then on Live at 5 catch the DC Labor Chorus and In Process.
At noon there’s a free Labor FilmFest preview at the AFL-CIO and at 12:30 there’s a wreath-laying at the Mother Jones marker in Silver Spring. This afternoon, check out the Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon and AFL-CIO Archive Reception & Tour at the University of Maryland at College Park. The day wraps up with the Labor FilmFest Opening Night screening of “Pride,” the extraordinary true story of how gay and lesbian activists from London and striking coal miners in Wales found solidarity; if you haven’t seen it, you’ve got a treat in store and if you have seen it, you’ll want to be there to enjoy the film and the solidarity! “Pride” screens at AFI in downtown Silver Spring at 7p; you’ll find complete details on all of these events at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
In today's labor history, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones was born on this date in 1830 in County Cork, Ireland; her 100th birthday was celebrated at the Burgess Farm in Adelphi, Maryland in 1930 and she died six months later. In 1886, eight-hour day demonstrations in Chicago and other cities began the tradition of May Day as an international labor holiday.
Today's labor quote is by Mother Jones, who said:
“The first thing is to raise hell. That’s always the first thing to do when you’re faced with an injustice and you feel powerless. That’s what I do in my fight for the working class.”
Mother Jones, who said, “I have never had a vote, and I have raised hell all over this country. You don't need a vote to raise hell! You need convictions and a voice!”
YOUR RIGHT AT WORK: Tip #1 (click below)
This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
The minimum wage for tipped workers in DC is only $2.77 an hour. However, tipped workers still have a right to receive an average of $9.50 per hour, or the current minimum wage, including the tips that they earn over the course of the week. If workers’ tips are not enough to bring them up to the minimum wage, the employer is obligated to pay the difference. This difference is called the “tip credit”.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.