On this weekend's labor calendar, area union activists will join the annual Pride Parade tomorrow, gathering at 4:30pm at 22nd & P Streets, NW.
For the latest local labor calendar, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which mandated equal pay to women who are performing the same jobs as men.
On June 11, 1894, representatives from the American Federation of Labor, Knights of Labor, the populists, railroad brotherhoods and other trade unions held a unity conference in St. Louis but failed to overcome their differences.
And on June 12, 1981, the Major League Baseball strike began, forcing cancellation of 713 games. Most observers blamed team owners for the strike: they were trying to recover from a court decision favoring the players on free agency.
Today’s labor quote is by pitcher Tom Seaver, during the 1981 baseball strike:
“The owners are taking a very destructive position; it’s very disturbing. If they are trying to alienate the players, they are doing a good job."
Seaver was a superstar pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.