The first-ever National Apprenticeship Week is the featured cover story in the current issue of IBEW Local 26's quarterly magazine, In Charge. The week of events was held last November and was the first time union building trades apprenticeship programs “received the recognition they deserve for their proven success and benefits to apprentices and contractors alike," the magazine reported. IBEW Local 26 hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for a tour of Local 26’s state-of-the-art training facility in Lanham, Maryland, on November 3, 2015," the report added. You can download the entire magazine at dclabor.org
On today's Labor Calendar, the Virginia AFL-CIO Legislative Conference continues today in Richmond; for more info, contact the Virginia AFL-CIO at 804-755-8001.
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1864, 23-year-old Kate Mullaney organized the Collar Laundry Union in Troy, New York, raising earnings for female laundry workers from two dollars to 14 dollars a week.
In 1919, 25,000 silk workers in Paterson, New Jersey struck for the eight-hour work day and improved working conditions. 1,800 were arrested over the course of the six-month walkout, led by the Wobblies. They returned to work on their employers’ terms.
Today’s labor quote is by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, an IWW leader who was arrested during an earlier strike by Paterson silk workers
“What is a labour victory? I maintain that it is a twofold thing. Workers must gain economic advantage, but they must also gain revolutionary spirit, in order to achieve a complete victory. For workers to gain a few cents more a day, a few minutes less a day, and go back to work with the same psychology, the same attitude toward society is to achieve a temporary gain and not a lasting victory.”