Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, as they fought for the freedom to join together in a strong union and be treated with dignity and respect at work. Fifty years later, corporate lobbyists are bringing a case against working people, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, to the Supreme Court. "These are the same extremist voices that actively work to limit voting rights, roll back economic protections, and gut civil and labor rights laws," says AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. "They’re ratcheting up their fight to break us up because they know we are strongest together." Thousands will rally today on Freedom Plaza at the Working People's Day of Action, starting at 10 am. Join us!
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land” following a frigid trip -- partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail -- from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and resolved to himself: “We can’t just bless America, we’ve got to change it.”
Today’s labor quote is by W.E.B. DuBois, the educator and civil rights activist, born on this date in 1868. W.E.B. DuBois, who said:
"What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!"
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