On our local labor calendar, there are just a few discounted tickets left to the January 27 Union Night at Arena Stage's production of "Sweat"; for details and the latest local labor events -- including weather-related updates -- go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1826, Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California.
Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor, was born on this date in 1849.
In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union.
And in 1932, five hundred New York City tenants battled police to prevent evictions.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr:
"The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it...those who attack labor forget these simple truths but history remembers them."