The Library of Congress Professional Guild celebrated a victory recently when it was announced that the Library’s Science and Business Reading Room will not be relocated into the Main Reading Room. The Guild had opposed the consolidation effort based on concern that it would have “adversely affected reference services, collections and specialized subject expertise,” according to Saul Schniderman, Guild President.
On today’s labor calendar, the featured event is the DC Labor411 Launch Party and Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm at the Beacon Hotel, with free drinks & munchies. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details and more local labor events.
Here’s today’s labor history: in 1912, fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot. They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy. And on this date in 1946, at least 30,000 workers in Rochester, New York – my hometown -- participated in a general strike in support of municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union .
Today’s labor quote is by Emma Goldman, the Russian-born American writer, feminist, anarchist, and atheist, who wrote in her autobiography that "Our Cause could not expect me to behave as a nun and the movement should not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things."
This was later paraphrased more succinctly as: "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution.
This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
If you are pregnant, you have the right to request an accommodation to do your job. Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an employer must treat pregnancy in the same way that it treats other temporary disabilities. A pregnant employee cannot be forced to use sick leave, for example, unless non-pregnant employees with temporary disabilities are required to use sick leave.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.