With contract talks at a critical point, the union is urging members and supporters to join them on Freedom Plaza this morning from 8 to 11am.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1906, the local lumber workers' union in Humboldt County, California founded the Union Labor Hospital Association to establish a hospital for union workers in the county. The hospital became an important community facility that was financed and run by the local labor movement.
In 1915, Congress approves the Seamen’s Act, providing the merchant marine with rights similar to those gained by factory workers. Action on the law was prompted by the sinking of the Titanic three years earlier. Among other gains: working hours were limited to 56 per week, and guaranteed minimum standards of cleanliness and safety were put in place.
And on this date in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act took effect. It orders contractors on federally financed or assisted construction projects to pay wage rates equal to those prevailing in local construction trades.
Today’s labor quote is by William Winpisinger
“When the rich concern themselves with the poor, that’s called charity. When the poor concern themselves with the rich, that’s called revolution.”
William Wayne Winpisinger – affectionately known as “Wimpy” -- was the President of the then million-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1977 until his retirement in 1989.
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