On today's labor calendar, check out a free noontime program of labor trailers for labor films, introduced by labor film festival organizers in town for their annual conference at the AFL-CIO. At 1pm I'll be hosting this week's "Your Rights At Work" Call-in Radio Show here on on WPFW 89.3 FM; And tonight at 6pm DC Jobs with Justice celebrates its 15th anniversary at the annual "I'll Be There" Awards at All Souls Church in Northwest DC; Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta"—establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law.
Today’s labor quote is by Woodrow Wilson:
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
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