Starting at 7a this morning, there are three local rallies supporting ongoing struggles for contracts. CWA Local 2222 mmebers at Verizon start things off with a 1-hour rally at 7a in Falls Church, VA. Some 40,000 Verizon workers in the Northeast – members of CWA and the IBEW -- have been working without a contract since August 1. Then at 3p, Operating Engineers Local 99 stages their latest picket at the CIA in McLean, VA, as their battle for a contract with an agency subcontractor continues. The day wraps up at 5p in Silver Spring, MD when CWA 2108 holds a rally and picnic, complete with hot dogs, the Carpenters' inflatable fat cat and music. For complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1892, striking miners in Tracy City, Tennessee captured their mines and freed 300 state convict strikebreakers. The convicts had been "leased" to mineowners by officials in an effort to make prisons self-supporting and make a few bucks for the state. The practice started in 1866 and lasted for 30 years.
In 1936, Newspaper Guild members began 3-month strike of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, shutting the publication down in their successful fight for union recognition.
And in 1963, civil rights leader and union president A. Philip Randolph strongly protested the AFL-CIO Executive Council's failure to endorse the August 28 "March on Washington."
Today’s labor quote is by A. Philip Randolph, from his speech at the 1963 “March on Washington”:
“Those who deplore our militants, who exhort patience in the name of a false peace, are in fact supporting segregation and exploitation. They would have social peace at the expense of social and racial justice. They are more concerned with easing racial tension than enforcing racial democracy.” A. Philip Randolph, who said “Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress.”