AFGE Local 12 president Alex Bastani sent Acosta a letter expressing the “shock and disappointment” of the 3,000 DOL employees in the union, adding that the Labor Hall of Honor “celebrates the bravery of strong, dedicated labor pioneers like Mother Jones, Cesar Chavez and A. Philip Randolph…(and) is not the appropriate arena for Ronald Reagan.”
Bastani told Union City Radio last week that “if President Reagan is inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor we will be protesting outside the Department of Labor during the ceremony.”
On today’s labor calendar, Lane Windham will discuss her new book "Knocking On Labor's Door," on union organizing in the 1970s today at noon at the AFL-CIO. Then at 6:30 there’s a screening of “Union Time: Fighting For Worker’s Rights” at the First Congregational UCC Church of Washington. The film follows the story of workers at the Smithfield Pork Processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina, who fought for safe, fair working conditions – and won.
Complete details, as always, at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1941, workers gave up their Labor Day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories working to aid in the war effort. Most Labor Day parades were canceled in respect for members of the Armed Services.
Today’s labor quote is by Dolores Huerta
"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world."
Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers union, which began its historic national grape boycott and strike on this date in 1965
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