What do Virginia wireless workers, Maryland administrative assistants, Harvard grad students and JetBlue flight attendants have in common? They were all part of last week’s historic organizing surge, as more than 10,000 workers joined unions.
The JetBlue flight attendants and Harvard grad students -- with about 5,000 each -- comprised the bulk of the wins, voting respectively to join the Transport Workers and the Auto Workers.
Local efforts contributed as well, with six Cricket Wireless workers joining CWA 2222 and over 100 administrative employees working for a Montgomery County contractor filing for an election last week with UFCW 1994 MCGEO.
Other locals, including OPEIU 2, report ongoing organizing campaigns as well. These local efforts buttress a resurgent national labor movement that has captured national headlines as teachers across the country have staged massive strikes.
On this weekend’s Labor Calendar, if you can’t wait for the annual DC Labor FilmFest to start next week, get yourself to the AFI Silver Theater this Sunday afternoon for “Who's in the Money? Warner Brothers' Musicals of 1933” where they’ll be screening “42ND STREET,” “GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933” and “FOOTLIGHT PARADE”;
Complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants.
Today’s labor quote is from James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published on this date in 1946 in the IWW newspaper “Industrial Solidarity” and sung here by Bronwen Lewis in the film “Pride”:
As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses
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