“The Republicans have a number of policy riders” that hurt workers, Samuel explains. “They may go to the brink” of shutting down the government, again “over their threats involving the NLRB and the Labor Department.”
On today’s Labor Calendar, local singer/songwriters Peter and Steve Jones will perform a free Labor Day Concert tonight at 6pm at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets as part of the monthly Bread & Roses labor series. Details on our website at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1909, employers gave in to the demands of striking miners in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, agreeing to improved working conditions, a 15-percent hike in wages and elimination of a wage system that gave foremen control over each worker’s pay.
In 1942, workers gave up their Labor Day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories working to aid in the war effort. Most Labor Day parades were canceled in respect for members of the Armed Services.
And in 1965, the United Farm Workers union began its historic national grape boycott and strike in Delano, California.
Today’s labor quote is by United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez:
"The consumer boycott is the only open door in the dark corridor of nothingness down which farm workers have had to walk for many years. It is a gate of hope through which they expect to find the sunlight of a better life for themselves and their families."