On today’s Labor Calendar, tune in to the "Your Rights at Work" call-in radio show at 1pm today on WPFW, when we’ll talk with the Claimant Advocacy Program’s Tonya Love, and AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman, as well as take your calls and questions.
Then at 5, kick back at the monthly DC Suds & Solidarity, the happy hour for people interested in the city's labor movement; that’s happening at The Big Hunt.
And at 6 tonight, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland will be honored at the George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award Ceremony at the AFL-CIO.
And finally, the NoVA Young Emerging Labor Leaders meet from 7– 9pm tonight at NoVA Labor’s offices in Annandale.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1931, the George Washington Bridge officially opened, spanning the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York. Thirteen workers died during the four-year construction project for what at the time was the longest main span in the world.
In 1975, some 200 Pressmen began what was to become a two-year strike at the Washington Post. Nine of the paper’s ten other unions engaged in sympathy strikes for more than four months but ultimately returned to their jobs as the paper continued publishing. The press operators picketed for 19 months but eventually decertified the union.
And in 1994, the National Hockey League team owners began a lockout of the players that lasted 103 days.
Today’s labor quote is by hockey player Tim Connolly, after being drafted by the New York Islanders in 1999:
“It’s a great honor being the highest U.S. player drafted. I don’t feel pressure. Pressure is when you don’t have a job and have six kids to feed.”