The Metro Washington Council’s offices are closed today in observance of the federal holiday. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest local labor events.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1898, company guards killed at least eight miners who were attempting to stop scabs in Virden, Illinois. Six guards also were killed, and 30 persons wounded.
In 1902, 14 miners were killed and 22 wounded by scab herders at Pana, Illinois.
In 1933, 2,000 workers demanding union recognition closed down dress manufacturing in Los Angeles.
And in 1976, more than a million Canadian workers demonstrated against wage controls.
Today’s labor quote is by Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States:
“Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”