Amalgamated Transit Union president Lawrence J. Hanley passed away on May 7 at the age of 62. Calling him “a brother and comrade in the fight for working families,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that Hanley’s “life was defined by activism,” while Metro Washington Council president -- and former ATU 689 president -- Jackie Jeter said that "Larry was a good friend and union brother who never ever hesitated to answer the call for solidarity." Read more – and see a photo of Hanley with Jeter and ATU 689 members at a 2014 rally on our website at dclabor.org
On today’s labor calendar, the DC LaborFest continues tonight with screenings of “Office Space” and “Extract” tonight at the American Film Institute; complete details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1869, thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation’s first transcontinental railway line was finished by the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines at Promontory Point, Utah.
Today’s labor quote is by Larry Hanley of the Amalgamated Transit Union, who said:
“The silver lining, if there is one, is that American workers have turned a corner. They are saying through this revolt that the status quo has lost its status. That no longer will we nod our heads to the establishment while we all suffer.”
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