On today's labor calendar, catch a free noontime screening of The Hand That Feeds at the AFL-CIO as a shy sandwich-maker unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. And stick around after the screening for an organizing discussion between DC restaurant workers, members of the Employment Justice Center worker committee, and painters fighting for a union contract at a local company. And tonight the great film Two Days, One Night starts a one-week run at the Old Greenbelt Theater at 7:15. Details at dclabor.org, click on calendar.
In today's labor history, labor activist Eugene Debs was imprisoned in Woodstock, Illinois in 1895 for his role in the massive Pullman strike. And on this date in 1909, while white locomotive firemen struck the Georgia Railroad, blacks who were hired as replacements were whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white citizens outraged that blacks were being hired over whites. The Engineers union threatened to stop work because their members were being affected by the violence. And in 1920, the Civil Service Retirement Act gave federal workers a pension.
Today's labor quote is by Eugene Debs:
“The strike is a weapon of the oppressed, of men capable of appreciating justice and having the courage to resist wrong and contend for principle.”
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This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
All workers have the right to organize a union at their workplace. You also have the right to speak out at your workplace about unjust job conditions on behalf of yourself and others. If you speak out on behalf of your co-workers to challenge something unjust at work and your employer retaliates against you, you can file an “unfair labor practice” charge at the National Labor Relations Board.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.