Ukrainian union leaders and members are planning emergency mobilizations to protest draft labor law amendments that would gut worker rights and allow the state to unilaterally seize union property.
"These laws ... undermine the welfare of average Ukrainians, and are little more than a New Year’s gift to oligarchs and corruption,” says Inna Kudinska, a legal expert with Labor Initiatives, a Solidarity Center-supported Ukrainian NGO that provides legal assistance to workers.
Find out more on the Solidarity Center’s website at solidaritycenter.org
On today’s labor calendar, the Catholic Labor Network is meeting tomorrow at 9am at the Omni Shoreham Hotel; for complete details and all the latest labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1952, the Federal minimum wage increased to 75¢ an hour. 68 years later it’s been stuck at $7.25 an hour for over a decade now, even as local communities around the country increase their minimum wages. In DC the minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour on July 1.
Today’s labor quote is by Sojourner Truth, who addressed the first Black Women’s Rights convention on January 25, 1851. Sojourner Truth, who said:
“We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much.”
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