Also on today’s labor calendar:
Verizon strike pickets continue throughout the metro area; get complete details at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
The DC LaborFest continues today with a free noontime screening of DC LABOR FILMFEST PREVIEWS at the AFL-CIO and then tonight catch young actors in THE TEMP(EST) at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 7 pm. Full details at dclabor.org; click on LaborFest.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1935, the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, was established at a cost of $4.8 billion—more than $80 billion in 2015 dollars—to provide work opportunities for millions during the Great Depression.
In 1937, four hundred Black women working as tobacco stemmers walked off the job in a spontaneous revolt against poor working conditions and a $3 weekly wage at the Vaughan Company in Richmond, Virginia.
Today’s labor quote is by Ronald Reagan
“The WPA was one of the most productive elements of FDR’s alphabet soup of agencies because it put people to work building roads, bridges and other projects…it gave men and women a chance to make some money along with the satisfaction of knowing they earned it.”