In this week's Labor Quiz, "The Jungle," written by Upton Sinclair, exposed safety and sanitation hazards facing what kind of workers? Was it auto workers, meatpacking workers, independent truckers, sleeping car porters, or none of these? Go to unionist.com and click on Labor Quiz and you could be next week's winner!
On today's labor calendar, The University of Maryland Black Staff and Faculty Association pays tribute to the longstanding campus worker justice movement today at noon at the University of Maryland College Park; and tonight at 6:30 check out the Federal Budget Town Hall with Bernie Sanders, where you’ll have an opportunity to tell government officials first-hand how this budget would affect the lives of everyday working men and women. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
In today's labor history, some 14,000 building trades workers and laborers, demanding an 8-hour work day, gathered at the Milwaukee Iron Company rolling mill in Bay View, Wisconsin in 1886. When they approached the mill they were fired on by National Guardsmen under orders from the governor to shoot to kill. Seven died, including a 13-year-old boy. And in 1888, nineteen machinists working for the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad gathered in a locomotive pit to decide what to do about a wage cut. They voted to form a union, which later became the International Association of Machinists. On this date in 1931, heavily armed deputies and other mine owner hirelings attacked striking miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, starting the Battle of Harlan County.
Today's labor quote is by John L. Lewis:
“You can’t dig coal with bayonets.”
John L. Lewis led the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960.
YOUR RIGHT AT WORK: Tip #5 (click below)
This is Chris Garlock, with Union City Radio’s Your Rights at Work tip of the day:
Almost all workers in D.C. are covered by the paid sick and safe leave law, including both part-time and full-time workers and tipped restaurant workers. If you are sick, injured, or have a medical appointment, you can be paid for time away from work to recover or to go to the doctor. You can also use paid sick days to take a family member to the doctor or take care of a sick family member. Even check ups and other preventative care visits qualify, but you need to give your employer reasonable notice of planned absences. You can also use paid sick and safe days when you or a family member need services related to domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault.
Find out more about your rights at work from the Employment Justice Center, at DCEJC.ORG or call 202-828-9675.