This year’s DC Laborfest continues through the end of May with more labor film screenings this week; check out dclabor.org for the complete line-up.
In today's labor history, men and women weavers in Pawtucket, Rhode Island staged nation's first "co-ed" strike in 1824. In 1894, Western Federation of Miners members struck for 8-hour day in Cripple Creek, Colorado. And on this date in 1913, the Actors’ Equity Association was founded by 112 actors at a meeting in New York City’s Pabst Grand Circle Hotel.
Today's labor quote is by George M. Cohan, who responded to the organizing of the Actors’ Equity Association by saying:
“I will drive an elevator for a living before I will do business with any actors’ union.” Later a sign appeared in Times Square reading: “Elevator operator wanted. George M. Cohan need not apply."
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This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
If you work over 30 hours per week for a company with more than 50 employees, you have the right to receive health insurance through your job. The Affordable Care Act – also known as ACA, or Obamacare -- requires that employers with a certain amount of full-time employees offer health insurance to all full-time employees. Currently, if qualifying employers with 100 or more full-time employees do not offer health insurance, they will face a tax penalty.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.