Today's labor calendar also includes Second Tuesdays at PERB, starting at 10 am, and an Informal Conversation with the Greek General Confederation of Labour starting at 12:45pm. Click here for details.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1908 the American Federation of Labor founded the Building and Construction Trades Department as a way to overcome the jurisdictional conflicts occurring in the building and construction unions.
In 1963, eleven members of the Carpenters’ union in Reesor Siding, Northern Ontario were shot, three fatally, by independent local farmer-settlers who were supplying wood to a Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company plant. Some 400 union members were attempting to block an outbound shipment from the plant. The action came as the company was insisting on a pay freeze and two months of seven-day-a-week work.
And on this date in 1973, forty workers were killed on Staten Island, New York, when a huge storage tank filled with liquefied gas exploded.
Today's labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"We must learn to live together as brothers or we are going to perish together as fools."