A new electoral collaboration of community and labor organizations that share concerns about issues impacting working families in Virginia kicked off Monday morning by announcing endorsements for the Arlington County Board and several other Virginia races. Calling itself Opportunity Virginia 2015, the collaboration is focused on backing candidates who will stand with working families and support diverse communities of immigrants, people of color, and young voters in what activists are calling the New Dominion state. For complete details, go to dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, Faith Leaders For One Fair Wage and Workers' Rights are holding a Potluck and Meeting tonight at 6:30pm and at 7 tonight catch the DC LaborFest screening of Oxygen For The Ears: Living Jazz at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, with Q&A afterwards with some local DC jazz greats. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today's labor history, two hundred sixteen miners died on this date in 1902 from an explosion and its aftermath at the Fraterville Mine in Anderson County, Tennessee. All but three of Fraterville’s adult males were killed. The mine had a reputation for fair contracts and pay—miners were represented by the United Mine Workers—and was considered safe; methane may have leaked in from a nearby mine. In 1920, there was a shootout in Matewan, West Virginia between striking union miners (led by Police Chief Sid Hatfield) and coal company agents. Ten died, including seven agents. John Sayles’ 1987 film, Matewan, is based on the incident.
Today's labor quote is by Sid Hatfield, as portrayed by actor David Strathairn in “Matewan”:
“I take care of my people. You bring 'em trouble, and you're a dead man.”
This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day (click below)
If you are independent contractor, you are not covered by many of the laws that protect employees. However, you are not an independent contractor just because your boss says so! If you work only for one employer, who provides the tools, sets the schedule, and tells you what work to do, you are likely an “employee,” and therefore protected by the laws.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.