On today's labor calendar the Labor Film Poster Exhibit continues in the AFL-CIO lobby and then this afternoon from 4-5pm, sociologist William Julius Wilson will discuss Race and Class at the Library of Congress; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today's labor history, Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, went on trial today in 1921. They eventually were executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents. On this date in 1945, the “Little Wagner Act” was signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively. After negotiations failed, a successful 79-day strike shut down 33 of the territory’s 34 plantations and brought higher wages and a 40-hour week. And in 2004, nearly 100,000 unionized SBC Communications workers began a 4-day strike to protest the local phone giant’s latest contract offer.
Today's labor quote is by sociologist William Julius Wilson:
“Crime, family dissolution, welfare, and low levels of social organization are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work.”
William Julius Wilson, who said: “If you're not working, over time you're much more likely to develop attitudes and orientations and behavior patterns that are associated with casual or infrequent work. And then when you open up opportunities for people, you notice that these attitudes, orientations, habits and styles also change.”
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This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
It is illegal for an employer to ask whether you have a disability in a job interview. They cannot ask about your health history, or if you are pregnant, or if you’ve ever had a problem with alcohol or drugs.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.