On today's local labor calendar, activists are turning out at noon at DeCarlos Restaurant in Northwest Washington to support Norma Escobar, who worked at DeCarlos Restaurant for nearly a year and was fired without notice and without cause. The protest, organized by MANY LANGUAGES ONE VOICE, will demand severance of two months' wages, not just for Norma Escobar, but for any worker who is fired without just cause. Details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 2011, songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens died at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.”
Today’s labor quote is by cultural blogger John Pietaro, who wrote that
"(Hazel) Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause."