And a group of D.C. firefighters, members of Fire Fighters Local 36, are being hailed as heroes, after they rescued an elderly woman and her cat from a burning apartment.
You can read more about both these stories, originally reported in the Washington Post and WTOP radio, on our website at dclabor.org.
On this weekend's labor calendar, thousands of people will be marching through the streets of Richmond tomorrow, calling for a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage and union rights. The Fight for $15 at Kroger March and Rally starts at 1:30pm in Monroe Park in Richmond, Virginia.
For details on this and all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1881, 36 carpenters from 11 cities founded the national Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners in Chicago.
In 1919, with the news that their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association, the chorus girls in his Ziegfield Follies created their own union, the Chorus Equity Association. They were helped by a big donation from superstar and former chorus girl Lillian Russell. In 1955 the union merged with the Actor’s Equity Association.
And on this date in 1994, what was to become a 232-day strike by major league baseball players over owners' demands for team salary caps began on this day; 938 games were cancelled.
Today’s labor quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier."