Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1880, Frances Perkins was born. Perkins was named Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet-level office.
In 1930, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta was born. Huertes trained to be a teacher but soon left her job and began her lifelong crusade against economic injustice.
In 1997, dancers from the Lusty Lady Club in San Francisco’s North Beach ratified their first-ever union contract. The club, which later became a worker-owned cooperative, closed in 2013.
And in 2006, tens of thousands of immigrants demonstrated in 100 U.S. cities in a national day of action billed as a campaign for immigrants’ dignity. Some 200,000 gathered in Washington, D.C. Plans are underway now for another immigrant rights demonstration here in DC on May Day and we’ll be keeping you posted on details.
Today’s labor quote is by Dolores Huerta
Former teacher – and, with Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers -- Dolores Huerta, who said "I couldn't tolerate seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children."
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