Weather permitting, the Metro Washington Council will meet tonight at 6:30 pm at the AFL-CIO to nominate leadership for the next three years; for details and the latest local labor events -- including weather-related updates -- go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1851, Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights convention.
In 1904, 200 miners were killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Many of the dead still lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day.
On this date in 1915, the Supreme Court upheld “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which ban membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932.
Today’s labor quote is by Sojourner Truth:
"“You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again.”