Today’s labor calendar includes a memorial service at 4:30pm for Gregory See, a longtime officer of the postal workers; an author talk at 5pm with Thomas Geoghegan on "Only One Thing Can Save Us"; and the Metro Washington Council’s delegate meeting at 6:30. Click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1695, In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledged his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, according to the late Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively…
In 1850, Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor, was born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth…
And on this date in 1937, workers won a two-day sit-down strike at the Brooklyn electric plant that powered the city's entire subway system.
Today’s labor quote is by Samuel Gompers:
“Labor needs to be strong in numbers, in effective organization, in the justice of its cause, and in the reasonableness of its methods. It relies on moral suasion.”