On today's labor calendar, Verizon strike picket lines continue today throughout the metro Washington area; UFCW Local 400 will be joining the F Street line at 10am this morning, followed by Jews United for Justice at noon, and then the Laborers will be on the L Street line at 3pm; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest list of locations and times.
The DC LaborFest continues with a free screening of DREAM ON at noon today at the AFL-CIO. In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles.
And tonight you’ve got a choice between the DC UNITED UNION NIGHT, the REDES DVD preview release and There Is Power in a Union: A Labor Songs Vespers.
And there’s a full schedule of LaborFest events over the weekend, including screenings of The Intern and Redes, a labor history bike tour, concerts by the DC Labor Chorus and Joe Uehlein, and the second annual Labor History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon.
As always, complete details on all of these events are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here's today’s labor history:
On this date in 1909, the Canadian government established the Department of Labour. It took the U.S. another four years.
In 1980, United Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser was named to the Chrysler board of directors, becoming the first union representative ever to sit on the board of a major U.S. corporation.
And in 1998, thousands of yellow cab drivers in New York City went on a 1-day strike to protest proposed new regulations.
Today’s labor quote is by Douglas Fraser
“In every single democracy in the world you will find a vibrant, vital labor movement. The reason is that in a democratic society, where you have a system of checks and balances, a labor movement is absolutely indispensable. There will always be unions as long as there are bosses.”