On tomorrow’s labor calendar, transit workers will rally in solidarity with DC Streetcar workers at Saturday’s Grand Opening of the Streetcar; the 9am rally is at 26th NE and Benning Road, across from the RFK Stadium parking lot.
Also tomorrow, writer Charles E. Cobb Jr. speaks at the release of his new book “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible” from 7 to 9pm at The Potter's House.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1885, Congress OKed the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on "business agents" who contracted abroad for immigrant labor.
One of the reasons unions supported the measure was that employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. labor movement, primarily by deploying immigrant labor to break strikes.
In 1941, Bethlehem Steel workers struck for union recognition in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
And in 2004, a 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ended, with both sides claiming victory.
Today’s labor quote is by Nick Dorsey, an employee at UPS and a Teamster, referring to Scott Walker's attacks on public employee unions in 2011:
"After they finish crushing them, they'll come after us, too."