On today’s Labor Calendar, NoVA Labor’s precinct walks start at 8am tomorrow, Saturday, September 19 in Annandale, Virginia.
The Big Build event I mentioned starts at 10am tomorrow at the National Building Museum.
At 11:30 am the John Reid Memorial Service will be held in Baltimore and at 4pm you can catch the DC Labor Chorus at the Takoma Park Folk Festival.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details on all this.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1978, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union was formally founded at an Ohio convention, during a period of serious corruption in the union.
In 1999, a 20-month illegal lockout of nearly 3,000 Steelworkers at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ended when an arbitrator ordered a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members.
And in 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks, anthrax spores were mailed by an unknown party to several news media offices and two U.S. senators. Five people exposed to the spores died, including two workers at Washington, D.C.’s Brentwood postal facility; Thomas Morris, Jr. and Joseph Curseen.
Today’s labor quote is by Pope Francis, who visits DC next week:
“I wish to extend an invitation to solidarity to everyone, and I would like to encourage those in public office to make every effort to give new impetus to employment, this means caring for the dignity of the person, but above all I would say do not lose hope…”