And on Wednesday, union members and allies rallied in Richmond to push for worker-related issues including an increase in the state’s minimum wage. “I have coworkers who can’t afford to get by no matter how many hours they work,” said Dominic, a Kroger worker.
On this weekend’s labor calendar, the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Legislative Conference and Lobby Day starts this Sunday at the Richmond Marriott; complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1695, in what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledged his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively.
Today’s labor quote is by Samuel Gompers, first president of the American Federation of Labor, born on this date in 1850.
Sam Gompers, who said:
"Do I believe in arbitration? I do. But not in arbitration between the lion and the lamb, in which the lamb is in the morning found inside the lion."
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