Montgomery County employees will receive wage increases under a tentative agreement reached between UFCW 1994 MCGEO and the County administration. The agreement covers the third year of the existing contract and Local 1994 will return again to the bargaining table in November for negotiations with the County over the full contract. Go to dclabor.org for all the latest local labor news.
In this week’s Labor Quiz, American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez organized a nationwide boycott involving what type of fruit? Was it bananas; oranges; grapes; apples or cantaloupes? 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 1917, Wobbly activist Tom Mooney was convicted in a bombing frame-up orchestrated by the Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was pardoned and released 22 years later.
In 1937, Congress approved legislation putting $940 million into Depression-era relief projects.
And on this date in 1950, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy falsely charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. It seems that just about everyone else the Wisconsin senator didn’t like was a Communist as well, including scores of unionists. This was the beginning of "McCarthyism." He ultimately was officially condemned by the Senate and died of alcoholism.
Today’s labor quote is by IWW leader Tom Mooney:
“I suppose the urge to serve the labor movement was born in me.”