And more than 140 District of Columbia home health care workers last week filed a lawsuit against three of the city’s largest Medicaid providers alleging widespread failure to pay legally required wages. They’ll seek class action certification on behalf of 6,000 co-workers in the coming weeks, and damages of $150 million dollars in pay could be owed to the workers, according to 1199-SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1921, a protest by 500 women in Kansas that began earlier in the week – organized in support of striking mine workers and against new anti-labor legislation that forced unions into arbitration and outlawed strikes in the state – swelled to 4,000, stretching a mile long. The women, dubbed the “Amazon Army” by the New York Times, disbanded upon hearing that the militia was on its way. Victory came a year later when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Kansas anti-labor laws unconstitutional.
Today’s labor quote is by Susan B. Anthony:
“Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work.”
Susan B. Anthony, who said: “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
She also famously said that “Failure is impossible.”
Champion of temperance, abolition and African American rights, the rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work, Susan B. Anthony devoted her life to organizing and leading the woman suffrage movement.