On today’s labor calendar, The Albert Shanker Institute is hosting a panel discussion on
“Organizing the Workers of Walmart, From Bentonville to Beijing” from 5 to 7pm, and the June meeting of the Metro Washington Council is at 6:30 at the AFL-CIO; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
The Battle of Century City took place on this date in 1990, as police in Los Angeles attacked some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees International Union demonstration against a cleaning contractor. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day.
Today’s labor quote is by Elie Wiesel:
“Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the oppressed.”
Elie Wiesel was a concentration camp survivor, author and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.