On today’s labor calendar,
Nurses will rally for patient safety in front of Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring starting at 9:30am;
the regular Monday Night Labor Lobbyists' Meeting is tonight from 5 to 7 in Annapolis and at 8pm tonight the documentary "13th" – about the history of racial inequality in America -- screens free at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Complete details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1865, a national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ended in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the first union contract in the iron and steel industry, and what may be the first union contract of any kind in the United States.
In 2008, some 12,000 Hollywood writers returned to work today following a largely successful three-month strike against television and motion picture studios. They won compensation for their TV and movie work that gets streamed on the Internet.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr
“When the rest of the nation accepted rank discrimination and prejudice as ordinary and usual – like the rain, to be deplored but accepted as part of nature – trade unions, particularly the CIO, leveled all barriers to equal membership.”