On this weekend’s labor calendar, mark your calendar for the "Gonna Take Us All" MLK Holiday Ball on Sunday night at the Silver Spring Civic Building, sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation.
Complete details, as always, at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1919, Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson ordered police to raid an open-air mass meeting of shipyard workers in an attempt to prevent a general strike. Workers were brutally beaten, but the strike began the following month, with 60,000 workers walking out in solidarity with some 25,000 metal tradesmen.
Today’s labor quote is by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who on this date in 1942 created the National War Labor Board to mediate labor disputes during World War II. FDR, who said:
“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level --I mean the wages of decent living.”
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