ou can still get in on all the action and excitement of the 2015 Great Labor Arts Exchange, coming up June 25 through June 27. For more information and to register, go to laborheritage.org
And Disney’s hit musical “Newsies” is coming to the National Theater for two weeks starting June 9. This crowd-pleasing new musical is based on the 1992 musical film “Newsies,” which in turn was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, “Newsies” is “a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss!" says Disney. With the DC Laborfest discount, you receive $10 off select seats to the Tuesday-Friday and Sunday evening performances. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
in 1786, twenty-six journeymen printers in Philadelphia staged the trade’s first strike in America over wages.
On this date in 1924, a constitutional amendment declaring that "Congress shall have power to limit, regulate, and prohibit the labor of persons under eighteen years of age" was approved by the Senate, following the lead of the House five weeks earlier. But only 28 state legislatures ever ratified the amendment—the last three in 1937—so it has never taken effect. In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Harry Truman acted illegally when he ordered the army to seize the nation’s steel mills to avert a strike.
Today’s labor quote is from the character of newsie Jack Kelly, portrayed in the film “Newsies” by actor Christian Bale:
“There's a lot of people out there, and they ain't just gonna go away. They got voices now and they're goin' to be listened to. Putting them in jail is not going to stop them. That's the power of the press.”