On today’s labor calendar, the Prince George’s and Montgomery County COPE meet at 10am in Largo, Maryland and former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney will become the eighth American labor leader honored with a plaque in the historic Presidents Room at AFL-CIO headquarters tonight at 5pm. Complete details are at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
In today’s labor history, employers locked out 25,000 New York City garment workers in 1916. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union called a general strike and after 14 weeks, 60,000 strikers won union recognition and the right to strike.
And on this date in 2000, an estimated 20,000 global justice activists blockaded meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund here in Washington, D.C.
Today’s quote is by Nelson Mandela, who said:
“Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom."