Our friends at Jews United for Justice have organized several Labor on the Bimah events;
tonight at 6:45, Joanna Blotner will speak about paid leave and fair scheduling at the historic Sixth & I synagogue, and then at 8pm, Sarah Fleish-Fink speaks on paid leave at Temple Sinai.
Tomorrow morning at 9:15, Madeleine Levin will talk about the minimum wage and earned sick leave at the B'nai Shalom of Olney Congregation.
Find out more about Jews United for Justice on their website at jufj.org
On Monday -- Labor Day -- join the Maryland Coalition for Fair Trade Labor Day Contingent at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade starting at 10am in Buddy Attick Lake Park.
And at noon on Monday, the folks at NoVA Labor will hold their annual Labor Day Picnic in Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria.
Get complete details on these and the rest of the upcoming events on the local labor calendar at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1921, mineowners bombed West Virginia strikers by plane, using homemade bombs filled with nails and metal fragments. The bombs missed their targets or failed to explode.
And in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, was signed by President Gerald Ford, regulating and insuring pensions and other benefits, and increasing protections for workers.
Today’s labor quote is from the Torah
The Torah, or Jewish Written Law, consists of the five books of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the "Old Testament."
In two places, the Torah specifies that one must pay one's worker on the day that he completes his work. In Leviticus 1 the verse states, "You shall not leave [with you] the payment of a worker overnight until the morning."
In Deuteronomy 2 the verse states, "On his day you should give his wages, the sun should not set on it, because he is a poor man and his life depends on it…"