The AFL-CIO announced last week that Senator Elizabeth Warren will deliver the keynote address during the first-ever National Summit on Wages next month. The January 7 summit will be an extended, eclectic discussion about policies and strategies to raise wages in America, including significant interaction with a planned audience of more than 300. The focus will be solving the dilemma of income inequality by raising wages throughout America.
Here’s today’s labor history: On this date in 2001, ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Mississippi ended the longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry, which began May 1, 1998, at the company's Des Moines, Iowa, plant.
Today’s labor quote is by former professional unionbuster Martin Jay Levitt:
“I come from a very dirty business...the enemy was the collective spirit. I got hold of that spirit while it was still a seedling. I poisoned it, choked it, bludgeoned it if I had to, anything to make sure it would never blossom into a united work force.”
Former professional unionbuster Martin Jay Levitt is the author of the 1993 book "Confessions of a Union Buster"