On today’s Labor Calendar, there’s a lecture on "The Poetry of Everyday Life" this afternoon from 4 – 5pm at the Library of Congress James Madison Building; the lecture is followed by two short films, "Boom and Bust - America's Journey on the Erie Canal" and "The Grand Generation," starting at 5pm. Then at 7pm, NoVA Labor is holding a Common Sense Economics workshop in Annandale, Virginia. For complete details on these and other upcoming local labor activities, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1986, deranged postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shot and killed 14 coworkers, and wounded another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Oklahoma postal facility. Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work. The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal.”
Today’s labor quote is from the Bible, Proverbs 31, verses 8 and 9:
‘Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of the helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and the needy.”