On today’s Labor Calendar, NoVA Labor holds its’ annual Labor Day Picnic from noon to 3pm at Veterans Memorial Regional Park in Woodbridge, VA; they’ll provide the hot dogs, burgers and drinks, you provide the sides!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1893, starving coal miners in the small West Yorkshire, England, pit town of Featherstone – locked out for refusing to accept a wage cut – assemble to stop the movement of coal. As their numbers grew, the military was called in and opened fire, injuring eight people, two of whom died from their wounds.
And in 1916, Federal employees won the right to receive Workers' Compensation insurance coverage.
Today’s labor quote is by labor historian William Cahn:
“The history of America has been largely created by the deeds of its working people and their organizations. Nor has this contribution been confined to raising wages and bettering work conditions; it has been fundamental to almost every effort to extend and strengthen our democracy.“