This year's election is now down to turnout. The AFL-CIO is hosting a phonebank today from 10am to 7pm to get out the labor vote in key battleground states; go to dclabor.org to sign up. There will be more labor phonebanks and walks this weekend, both at the AFL-CIO and at NoVA Labor in Virginia. AFL-CIO National Field Director Karen Gasper says that "Not only is this the critical get-out-the-vote time, but this is also one of the best times to volunteer because you’ll be talking to people we’ve identified as supporters of Hillary and other candidates who will fight for us."
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1879, populist humorist Will Rogers was born.
In 1933, some 3,000 dairy farmers demonstrated in Neillsville, Wisconsin, ultimately leading to the freeing of jailed leaders of a milk strike over low prices set by large dairy plants. Tons of fresh milk were dumped on public roads, trains carrying milk were stopped, and some cheese plants were bombed during the fight.
And in 1996, after a struggle lasting more than two years, 6,000 Steelworkers members at Bridgestone/Firestone won a settlement in which strikers displaced by scabs got their original jobs back. The fight started when management demanded that the workers accept 12-hour shifts.
Today’s labor quote is by Will Rogers
Will Rogers, who said that “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously, and the politicians as a joke, when it used to be vice versa.”