On today’s Labor Calendar,
In local author Eric Lotke‘s new novel "Making Manna," striking fast food workers inspire a character to gather her coworkers and collectively demand a raise; Lotke appears at 10:30 this morning at George Mason University;
Then, at 11:30, you can help tell Congress that the Trans-Pacific Partnership – or TPP -- is a bad deal; meet up at the Capitol South metro;
And tonight at 5, WPFW's Live@5 Labor Music Edition features the rockin’ music of the Judge Smith Band with DC Nurses Association Executive Director Ed Smith on lead vocals, right here on WPFW 89.3 FM.
As always, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1934, the American Federation of Labor officially endorsed the campaign for a 6-hour day, 5-day workweek.
In 1949, joining with 400,000 coal miners already on strike, 500,000 CIO steel workers closed down the nation’s foundries, steel and iron mills, demanding pensions and better wages and working conditions.
In 2007, Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, organized by the Wobblies, won their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cited the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists.
And in 2010, as many as 200,000 union members, progressives and others rallied in Washington under the Banner of One Nation Working Together, demanding “good jobs, equal justice, and quality education for all.”
Today’s labor quote is by Monsignor George Higgins:
“Every professional group has an organization. Doctors have the AMA. Lawyers have the ABA. Business executives have any organization they want. No one would ever dream of trying to stop doctors, lawyers and business executives from organizing. But in this country, resistance to the organization of workers happens all the time.”