On today's Labor Calendar, catch a program of short labor films tonight at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets, starting at 6pm. The free program features three short labor films selected from labor film festivals across the country, introduced by the directors of those film festivals, in town for the fifth annual Conference of Labor Film Festival Organizers. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1985, more than 1,100 office workers struck Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers won union recognition and pay increases.
In 1998, the National Basketball Association canceled regular season games for the first time in its 51-year history, during a player lockout that lasted 204 days. Player salaries and pay caps were the primary issue.
And in 2000, hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers ended their 4-day walkout with victory.
Today’s labor quote is by economist John Maynard Keynes:
"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of all."
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