Activists rallied Wednesday to support a DC restaurant worker whose wages have been stolen by management at Indigo, a popular Indian restaurant in northeast DC. The worker is owed more than $7,000, reports the Employment Justice Center. Despite the passage of minimum wage and wage theft prevention laws, "too many District employers continue to flagrantly violate the law and pay their workers sub-poverty wages,” says the EJC.
On today’s Labor Calendar, the AFL-CIO hosts a book talk on "The Fissured Workplace" today at 12:30pm. In the new book, David Weil details how large corporations are using a process known as “fissuring”—essentially splitting off key operational functions to smaller companies and subcontractors resulting in declining wages, eroding benefits, inadequate health and safety conditions and ever-widening income inequality.
Then at 1pm, tune in to the "Your Rights at Work" call-in radio show on WPFW, when we’ll talk with Mike Blain, the director of “Dear Walmart” about worker rights at the big box giant, and Hans Johnson, President of Progressive Victory, about LGBTQ worker rights, as well as take your calls and questions.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1871, thirty of the city's 185 firefighters were injured battling the Great Chicago Fire, which burned for three days.
In 1982, the union Solidarity and all other labor organizations were banned by the government in Poland.
Today’s labor quote is by Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity union and later President of Poland:
“The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.”