Robyn Wheeler’s family has 96 years with Giant. Wheeler, a UFCW 400 member who works at the store where the March 24 SaveMyStore press conference was held, has 36 years with the company, her father worked for Giant for nearly 38 years and her daughter and son-in-law also work there. “We just want to keep our jobs and our customers,” she said.
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1907, the first issue of The Labor Review, a "weekly magazine for organized workers," was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name. The Labor Review has been published continuously since then, currently as a monthly newspaper.
In 1914, unemployed workers rioted in New York City’s Union Square.
And on this date in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike. In the wake of this tragedy, riots broke out in many cities, including Washington, D.C.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The problem is not only unemployment. People who work full-time jobs for part-time wages. Most of the poor people in our country are working every day, but they're making wages so inadequate that they cannot even begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of the nation.”