On today’s labor calendar, local and national labor activists are gearing up for the final forum for candidates for Democratic National Committee Chair, which takes place today and tomorrow in Baltimore. Complete details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1908, the American Federation of Labor founded the Building and Construction Trades Department as a way to overcome the jurisdictional conflicts occurring in the building and construction unions.
In 1963, eleven members of the Carpenters’ union in Reesor Siding, Northern Ontario were shot, three fatally, by independent local farmer-settlers who were supplying wood to a Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company plant. Some 400 union members were attempting to block an outbound shipment from the plant. The action came as the company was insisting on a pay freeze and two months of working seven days a week.
And in 1973, forty workers were killed on Staten Island, New York, when a huge storage tank filled with liquefied gas exploded.
Today’s labor quote is by Pete Seeger
Folksinger and social activist Pete Seeger, who said
“I'm trying hard to find common denominators. Because I seriously doubt there will be any world here if we don't find some way to talk with people we disagree with.”
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