On the labor calendar, there are a number of Labor Day events this weekend, beginning with a Labor on the Bimah service tonight and parades in Gaithersburg and Greenbelt on Monday. Complete details, as always, on our website; dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Also on Monday, Bill Fletcher and I will host a 3-hour Labor Day special starting at 9 am right here on WPFW. We’ll get updates from the front lines of working people’s struggles with guests across the country, plus a lot of terrific music. That’s "Labor's struggles, Labor's rebirth," with Bill Fletcher and me, 9am to 12 noon here on WPFW on Labor Day.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1903, 30,000 women from 26 trades marched in Chicago's Labor Day parade.
Today’s labor quote is by Theresa White, a former worker at the Imperial Poultry processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina. On September 3, 1991, twenty-five workers died at the plant, unable to escape a fire. Managers had locked fire doors to prevent the theft of chicken nuggets. The plant had operated for 11 years without a single safety inspection.
Theresa White, who said
"I worked in there for eight days once. Then I quit. Slavery time's been over. I just couldn't do it anymore."
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