Harold Meyerson will be the special guest on this week’s “Your Rights at Work” show, today* at 1pm on WPFW. The longtime political columnist who often wrote about issues affecting workers was recently dropped by the Washington Post. Meyerson's "insights will be sorely missed by Post readers," tweeted Bernie Sanders. Ed Smith and I will discuss prospects for the labor movement with Meyerson and take listener calls.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1920, the American Federation's Iron and Steel Organizing Committee ended the “Great Steel Strike.” Some 400,000 steelworkers had been striking for more than three months, demanding union recognition, but the strike failed.
Today’s labor quote is by Richard Perry, former president of the AFL-CIO's Union Label Department:
"We’ve all heard the lines: unions are outdated. Working people needed unions at one point, but not any more. Employers are decent today; they treat their people OK. And for those who don’t, the government provides protections. …Bull! …Today’s decent employers are decent because unions force them to be decent."
* The show with Meyerson was actually broadcast on Thursday, January 7. Click here to hear it.