Local 400 snagged a total of seven awards in the International Labor Communications Association's annual Labor Media Awards, including first place in the Best News Story category. The Metro Washington Council's daily Union City newsletter won second place in the General Excellence/Blog category, the seventh time Union City has been recognized. A number of DC-based international unions also won awards; go to dclabor.org for the complete list of winners.
On today’s labor calendar, there’s a reception tonight from 5 to 7pm for the “For Justice, Liberty, and Equality: Unions Making History in America” exhibit at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1927, the first “talkie” movie, The Jazz Singer, premiered in New York City. Within three years, theater jobs for some 22,000 musicians who accompanied silent movies were wiped out, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology.
Today’s labor quote is by Joe Hill, who said:
“A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over."