“Music for Safe Rails and Sustainable Communities” features the U-Liners, with Tom & Elisabeth, this Sunday, July 9 at 6:30p at the Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th St Northeast. Details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Four years after the devastating oil train wreck that destroyed the town of Lac- Mégantic in Quebec, two railroad workers are now facing criminal charges for a tragedy caused by unsafe railroad management policies.
“Last week we saw how quickly things can become deadly with the two CSX conductors being killed in the District,” local train engineer Herbert Harris Jr. tells Union City Radio, adding that “We have seen employees scapegoated in other industries for bad corporate policy and practices.”
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1903, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones began "The March of the Mill Children,” when, accompanied part of the way by children, she walked from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island to protest the plight of child laborers. One of her demands was to reduce the children’s work week to 55 hours.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones, who said:
"The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society."
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