That was the advice of Elevator Constructors Local 10 Apprentice Director Sonny Yeatman last Saturday at the local’s apprentice graduation. Forty-three people took the grueling mechanics test and just 11 passed. After four years of training, the Local 10 apprentices graduated to journeymen status. "You deserve credit for your four years of hard work, and your families deserve credit for the sacrifices they made to support you in this journey," said Yeatman. Members of Local 10 build and service elevators, escalators and moving walkways.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1818, abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born into slavery near Easton, Maryland.
In 1880, John L. Lewis, president of United Mine Workers of America and founding president of the CIO, was born near Lucas, Iowa.
Today's labor quote is by Frederick Douglass:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are people who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. That struggle might be a moral one; it might be a physical one; it might be both moral and physical, but it must be struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will. People might not get all that they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get."