For Randi Weingarten, “raising our families is real, but so are our challenges, like sexual harassment on the job” and unequal pay for equal work.
For Jean Ross, the chaos in the U.S. health care system is real – and the Republican revisionist health care plan would make it worse.
And for Rosa DeLauro, this week’s women’s strike was real – but so is the fact that millions of U.S. women couldn’t afford to miss work to join it.
All that led the two union presidents -- Weingarten of the Teachers and Ross, co-president of National Nurses United – to lead the D.C. section of the National Women’s Strike on March 8, where DeLauro, the veteran congresswoman and women’s rights advocate, spoke. The strike, the second of two marches last Wednesday here in the nation’s capital, drew almost 1,000 women, plus some male supporters, into the streets around the U.S. Labor Department. An earlier pro-choice march on the White House drew even more.
Our complete report, along with photos, is on our website at dclabor.org
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the espionage conviction of labor leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs. Debs was jailed for speaking out against World War I. Campaigning for president from his Atlanta jail cell, he won nearly a million votes.
In 1941, New York City bus drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, went on strike. After 12 days of no buses—and a large show of force by Irish-American strikers at the St. Patrick’s Day parade—Mayor Fiorello La Guardia ordered arbitration.
And on this date in 1968, United Farm Workers leader César Chávez broke a 24-day fast, by doctor’s order, at a mass in Delano, California’s public park. Several thousand supporters were at his side, including Senator Robert Kennedy. Chavez called it “a fast for non-violence and a call to sacrifice.”
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Debs
“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class had nothing to gain and all to lose – especially their lives.”
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