“It is critical they understand the importance of drawings in construction from the start,” said Ferenc. The latest Building Futures cohort of 21 students preparing for a career with the trades received materials and a measuring tape so that they can learn how to read and record measurements accurately, which Building Futures Program Coordinator Sylvia Casaro-Dietert says is "always a crucial skill for a tradesperson.”
Building Futures is a pre-apprenticeship program for low-income DC residents operated by the Metro Washington Council's Community Services Agency.
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1902, delegates to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly elect 35-year-old Charles James, leader of the Boot and Shoe Workers local union, as their president. He was the first African-American elected to that leadership post in St. Paul, and, many believe, the first anywhere in the nation.
In 1903, the Cripple Creek, Colorado miners strike began.
And in 1994, Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, becoming the first Mexican-American ever to receive the honor.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez
"From the depth of need an despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength."