On today’s labor calendar, there’s a reception for Salvadoran union leader Estela Ramirez at 5:30pm at the Teamsters. And at 6pm, check out “Students, Workers, and the Making of the 99 Percent Movement" at Georgetown University. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1868, San Francisco brewery workers began a 9 month strike as local employers followed the union-busting lead of the National Brewer’s Association and fired their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along, kept producing beer, prospered wildly and helped force the Association to capitulate. One of the contract benefits workers were defending was free beer for employees.
Today's labor quote is by writer William Faulkner:
“It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”