“Educators want equitable funding for all schools across the DCPS system,” says Washington Teachers Union president Elizabeth Davis. “We want realistic school budgets that keep up with enrollment trends and rising costs. And,” she added, “teachers believe the whole budget process should be more transparent and made easier for D.C. residents to navigate and participate—including hearings and other proceedings scheduled when working people can attend.”
We have a link to the petition on our website, dclabor.org, where you can also find the latest listings of area labor events by clicking on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2010, a huge underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners. It was the worst U.S. mine disaster in 40 years. The Massey Energy Company mine had been cited for two safety infractions the day before the blast; 57 the month before, and 1,342 in the previous five years.
Today’s labor quote is by Rose Schneiderman, born on April 6, 1882. Schneiderman was a prominent member of the New York Women's Trade Union League, an active participant in the 1909 strike by 20,000 shirtwaist workers in New York City, and she’s perhaps most famous for an angry speech about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which she said:
“Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers…Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement”
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