plus the fourth DC United Labor Night and, new this year, a union beer and whiskey tasting. Yes, the annual DC LaborFest is right around the corner, a monthlong extravaganza of labor arts and culture events, many of them free, launching of course on May 1, celebrated around the world as May Day, a worker holiday.
Get complete details on our website, dclabor.org, click on LaborFest, where you can RSVP for free events or order tickets online.
On today's labor calendar:
two noontime events today:
“Work, Organize, Struggle: Student Perspectives” at Georgetown University addresses themes of systematic violence, social justice, organizing, and radical thought
and over at the World Bank, join the American Federation of Teachers as they demand that the World Bank “Stop funding Bridge Academies and educational experiments on children in Africa!”
Details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1967, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike.
In 1997, some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers struck nine plants in what was to become a 3-week walkout over job security, wage and benefit issues.
And in 2015, Mary Doyle Keefe, who in 1943 posed as “Rosie the Riveter” for famed painter Norman Rockwell, died at age 92. Published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943, Rosie came to symbolize women factory workers during World War II. The Rockwell painting is sometimes confused with “We Can Do It!” a similar poster by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller, created the year before.
Today’s labor quote is by Mary Doyle Keefe, the young telephone operator who modeled for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” painting, who said “There was a war on, and you did what you could. . . . I was proud that it helped the effort and that the Rosie poster went around the country to help sell war bonds.”
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