On today’s Labor Calendar, the transit workers’ WMATA-ville at Transdev continues from 10am – 5pm in Hyattsville;
At 1pm find out more about your rights on the job on the "Your Rights At Work" call-in radio show here on WPFW 89.3 FM, which I’ll be hosting;
And starting at 4:30 this afternoon, drop by the Jews United for Justice DC Office-Warming Party at their new digs on H Street NW;
And tonight at 6:30 check out the Fair Transit Forum at the 5th Street Busboys and Poets, where you can join DC transit workers, riders, and their allies for a forum exploring the changing transit landscape in the District.
Complete details on our website at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1897, Polish, Lithuanian and Slovak miners in Pennsylvania, were gunned down by the Lattimer Mine’s sheriff deputies during a peaceful march from Hazelton to Lattimer. Nineteen were killed and more than 50 wounded as some 3,000 miners marched for collective bargaining and civil liberty. The shooters were tried for murder but the jury failed to convict.
Today’s labor quote is by President Barack Obama, after signing an executive order on Labor Day that employees of federal contractors must be allowed to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave annually, including paid time off for family care:
“"When you make sure everybody gets a fair shot and a fair shake, and you're fighting for decent wages for workers, and making sure they've got decent benefits, when you reward people who are playing by the rules — that's how everybody does better."