On today's labor calendar, you can catch a free screening of the film 'Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement' today at 12:30pm at the AFL-CIO with director Regan Brashear. A haunting, subtle and urgent documentary, FIXED questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and mind forever.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1888, Heywood Broun was born in New York City. Broun was a journalist, columnist and co-founder, in 1933, of The Newspaper Guild, now the News Guild. I'm a proud Guild member, by the way!
In 1896, steam boiler operators from 11 cities across the country met in Chicago to form the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the forerunner to the International Union of Operating Engineers. Each of the men represented a local union of 40 members or fewer.
In 1931, more than 1,600 protesters staged a national hunger march on Washington to present demands for unemployment insurance.
And on this date in 2009, delegates to the founding convention of the National Nurses United in Phoenix, Arizona unanimously endorsed the creation of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history. The 150,000-member union is the product of merger of three groups.
Today’s labor quote is by Heywood Broun, who said:
"Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian."