Drivers and mechanics at the Fairfax Connector – members of ATU Local 1764 -- are continuing their annual tradition of collecting toys and jackets for needy children in the area. IATSE 22 – the stagehands union -- is conducting a clothing drive to benefit the victims of the Flower Branch apartment explosion.
"People are always generous and giving in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy," says Local 22's Paul Kent. "But as time goes on, the sense of urgency tends to fade. These people still need our help, especially in the face of the approaching winter."
The Metro Washington Council's Community Services Agency is also accepting donations for their annual holiday basket project.
Read more – and see a photo of ATU 1764 Shop Steward Mike Taylor dressed up as Santa Claus -- on our website at dclabor.org
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2001, ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Mississippi ended the longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry, which began May 1, 1998, at the company's Des Moines, Iowa, plant.
Today’s labor quote is by Bayard Rustin
“When labor speaks of free medical care, it is saying we need it for blacks who do not have it and whites who are concerned that they will have to pay for giving it to them. When labor calls for full employment, it is talking about blacks who are without jobs and whites who want to protect the ones they have. When labor says we must build more homes, it is seeking to create a society where the black brother need not be enraged because he does not have a home and the white need not fear for the home he has.”
Bayard Rustin was a black social activist and a founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.