For today’s Labor Calendar, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1918, the first National Conference of Trade Union Women was held.
In 1927, the first “talkie” movie, “The Jazz Singer,” premiered in New York City. Within three years, according to the American Federation of Musicians, theater jobs for some 22,000 musicians who accompanied silent movies were lost, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology.
In 1986, 1,700 female flight attendants won an 18-year, $37 million dollar suit against United Airlines. They had been fired for getting married.
And on this date in 1995, thirty-two thousand machinists began what was to be a successful 69-day strike against Boeing, winning increases averaging nearly $20,000 in wages and benefits and safeguards against job cutbacks.
Today’s labor quote is from the 1905 Preamble to the Industrial Workers of the World’s constitution:
“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people, and the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life.”
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