On today’s labor calendar, a major “March, Action & Rally to Demand Better Wages and Just Hours in DC” will take place this afternoon starting at 3:15 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, organized by Jobs With Justice, D.C. Jobs With Justice, UFCW Local 400, and ROC United.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1818, abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born into slavery near Easton, Maryland.
In 1880, John L. Lewis, president of United Mine Workers of America and founding president of the CIO, was born near Lucas, Iowa.
Today’s labor quote is by John L. Lewis
“The labor movement is organized upon a principle that the strong shall help the weak. The strength of a strong man is a prideful thing, but the unfortunate thing in life is that strong men do not remain strong. And it is just as true of unions and labor organizations as is true of men and individuals. And whereas today the craft unions of this country may be able to stand upon their own feet and like mighty oaks stand before the gale, defy the lightning, yet the day may come when those organizations will not be able to withstand the lightning and the gale. Now, prepare yourselves by making a contribution to your less fortunate brethren... Organize the unorganized!”