Supporters of raising the minimum wage in Montgomery County are waging a campaign urging County Executive Ike Leggett to sign the bill into law. Call, email or tweet at Leggett; details are on our website at dclabor.org
Here's the Labor Calendar for today and tomorrow:
There are a number of direct actions planned to blockade security checkpoints at the inauguration going on now; a labor contingent will lead one focusing on Trump's war on workers, at a checkpoint to be determined. This is a direct action and is not legally permitted, so exercise your First Amendment rights and be careful out there.
At noon today there's a march against Trump, starting at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station and continuing to McPherson Square; this march is fully legally permitted, labor folks are meeting on the east side of the Circle.
Tomorrow is the Women's March on Washington, which is expected to draw a quarter of a million people. The labor assembly point is at Garfield Park, at the intersection of 3rd and G Streets Southeast, starting at 8:30am.
Saturday afternoon Public Citizen is hosting a Teach-In after the march, from 1:30 to 8:30pm, focusing on the critical grassroots campaigns for the coming year.
As always, you'll find complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1909, 60 workers died in the Chicago Crib Disaster, when a fire broke out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers.
In 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded.
And in 1986, Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, was the country's most listened-to song.
Today's labor quote is by Bruce Springsteen, from “My Hometown”
"Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..."