The Work Family Strategy Council has just released its new "Time To Care" Work and Family Toolkit.
It's packed with information, reports, messaging, stories and more - all focused on paid family leave and paid sick days. The Toolkit is designed as an aid for organizations interested in joining the national movement to create workplace policies that help families. It includes resources to help build a campaign, initiate a media strategy and access key fact sheets and talking points used nationally for these campaigns.
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 Ann Hoffman at the DC Public Employees Relations Board and Cynthia Jones at the Prince George's County NAACP, as well as take calls and questions about your rights at work. Then at 7pm tonight, Northern Virginia labor activists will meet at the monthly NoVA Labor meeting in Annandale. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1868, at a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony calls for the formation of a Working Women's Association. As a delegate to the Congress, she persuaded the committee on female labor to call for votes for women and equal pay for equal work. But male delegates deleted the reference to the vote.
In 1989, a total of 98 United Mine Workers of America members and a minister occupy the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Virginia, beginning a year-long strike. Among other issues: management demands for drastic limitations in health and pension benefits for retired and disabled miners and their dependents and beneficiaries.
And in 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement is launched with an anti-Wall Street march and demonstration that ended up as a 2-month encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. The event led to protests and movements around the world, with their focus on economic inequality, corruption, greed and the influence on government of monied interests. Their slogan: “We are the 99%.”
Today’s labor quote is by Bradley McKenzie, a local miner and organizer of the student resistance during the Pittston strike:
"You stick up for me, I'll stick up for you…we have the right to fight…the community has rights ..."