Hundreds of contracted service workers at National and Dulles airports walked off the job on strike in April to protest federal labor violations by Huntleigh. Jaime Contreras, Vice President at SEIU 32BJ, which is organizing the airport workers, said that “Huntleigh’s coercive behavior towards these workers is against the law and has no place at our airports.”
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1894, 14,000 federal and state troops finally succeeded in putting down the strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had been peaceful until July 5, when federal troops intervened in Chicago, against the repeated protests of the Governor and Chicago’s mayor. Some 34 American Rail Union members were killed by troops over the course of the strike.
Today’s labor quote is by attorney Clarence Darrow, who said
"Every intelligent person who has investigated this question understands that working men have the right to organize; understands that if laborers are not satisfied with their conditions, they may stop work; they may stop work singly or collectively, exactly as they please, and no court will say them nay."
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