CWA and the IBEW reported late last week that they had reached tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications, ending months on the picket lines for about 2,000 workers at the telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. A contract ratification vote is being scheduled.
On today’s labor calendar is tonight’s meeting of the Metro Washington Council, 6:30 pm at the AFL-CIO at 16th and I streets. All are welcome to attend and get the latest local labor news and updates.
In this week’s Labor Quiz, which actor portrayed former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa in the 1992 movie "Hoffa"? Was it Robert Deniro; Jack Nicholson; Joe Pesci; Marlon Brando or Al Pacino? Go to unionist.com and click on Labor Quiz to submit your answer and you could be this week’s winner!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1887, the Journeyman Bakers’ National Union received its charter from the American Federation of Labor.
In 1940, with the Great Depression still raging, Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land” following a frigid trip—partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail—from California to Manhattan.
Today’s labor quote is by Woody Guthrie: “We can’t just bless America, we’ve got to change it.” Guthrie had heard Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and wrote “This Land Is Your Land” in response.