Members of Operating Engineers Local 77 have been working for the last five years on DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project, which aims to capture water pollution during heavy rainfalls. Local 77 Business Manager Joshua VanDyke says that “We're really proud of the work Local 77’s operators have done on this project, and we're looking forward to building the next phase." The project is expected to be finished in 2025. You can find out more – and see some really cool photos of the tunnels – at dclabor.org
It’s a busy day on today’s labor calendar:
At 12 noon, UFCW 1994/MCGEO will rally for a fair contract outside the Executive Office Building in Rockville;
The DC City Council Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will hold an Open House this afternoon starting at 2p at the John Wilson Building; and then at 5p labor lobbyists will meet in Annapolis.
For complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1919, the Seattle General Strike began. The city was run by a General Strike Committee for six days as tens of thousands of union members stopped work in support of 32,000 striking longshoremen.
Today’s labor quote is sung by Pete Seeger, from the song “The Mill Mother’s Lament”
It is for our little children,
That seems to us so dear,
But for us nor them, dear workers,
The bosses do not care.
But understand, all workers,
Our union they do fear.
Let’s stand together, workers,
And have a union here.
That was Pete Seeger, who died in 2014 at the age of 94. The grand old man of labor and folk music, Seeger sang alongside Woody Guthrie and other greats. Branded a Communist in the 1950s for his political views, support of unions and civil rights work, and blacklisted by major recording labels, he hung in there and carried on the good fight for what he thought right.
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