Maryland public employees will play a greater role in ensuring the state does not outsource public services in a reckless manner under a measure signed into law last week by Gov. Larry Hogan. “Public employees often have the best suggestions on how to promote efficiency and save taxpayer dollars,” said AFSCME Maryland Council 3 President Patrick Moran. “No one knows how to improve service delivery more than the hard-working women and men who have been providing the services for years.”
In today’s Labor Quiz, who of the following never served as president of the Screen Actors Guild? Was it Melissa Gilbert; James Cagney; Sally Field; Ed Asner Or Patty Duke? Go to unionist.com and click on labor quiz and you could be next week's winner!
Here’s today’s labor history: on this date in 1888, the Ladies Federal Labor Union Number 2703, based in Illinois, was granted a charter from the American Federation Of Labor. Women from a wide range of occupations were among the members, who ultimately were successful in coalescing women’s groups interested in suffrage, temperance, health, housing and child labor reform to win state legislation in these areas.
And in 1944, extinguishing the light of hope in the hearts and aspirations of workers around the world, the Mexican government abolished siestas—a mid-afternoon nap and work break which lengthened the work day but got people through brutally hot summer days.
Today’s labor quote is by author and humorist Donald Robert Perry Marquis, who said:
“When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose.”