Today’s labor calendar also includes the latest in the Second Tuesdays at PERB series, this month focusing on Conducting Elections. The session starts at 10 am. And tonight at 5:30, the American Association of University Women will mark Equal Pay Day with an “Un-Happy Hour”; Equal Pay Day is when women’s pay finally “catches up” to men’s from the previous year. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today’s labor history, more than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers were arrested for union activities in 1930 in California’s Imperial Valley. And in 1939, John Steinbeck’s iconic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was published. By the way, we’ll be showing John Ford’s now-classic film version of The Grapes of Wrath – starring Henry Fonda -- in next month’s DC Labor FilmFest.
Today’s labor quote is by John Steinbeck, from The Grapes of Wrath:
“and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.” John Steinbeck, who also wrote: “There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.”