On today’s Labor Calendar, there’s a discussion of economist David Madland’s new book, “Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn't Work Without a Strong Middle Class” today at 12:30pm at the AFL-CIO. Madland exposes the failed trickle-down approach that has created massive inequality and proposes a more just economic model that expands from the middle out and guarantees working people mobility through a voice on the job. Complete details on our website at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1929, during the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, North Carolina, National Textile Workers Union members driving back from a meeting were ambushed by a group of armed men. Organizer Ella Mae Wiggins was shot in the chest and died; five mill employees were arrested, but acquitted of her murder, despite 50 witnesses who saw it all in broad daylight.
Today’s labor quote is by David Madland:
“Without strong unions, our economy pays a heavy price: wages lag; insecurity, poverty, and inequality increase; and too few workers have the purchasing power needed to boost our nation’s gross national product. Workers are ever more productive, but they haven't benefited from this increased productivity as much as they should.”