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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1884, Congress created a Bureau of Labor, under the Interior Department. It later became independent as a Department of Labor without executive status in the Department of Commerce and Labor; in 1913 it became the Department of Labor we know today.
In 1926, Tony Mazzocchi was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. An activist and officer in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union, he was a mentor to Karen Silkwood. Mazzocchi was also a founder of the Labor Party and a prime mover behind the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He also co-founded the DC Labor FilmFest which celebrated its 16th anniversary this year as part of the expanded DC LaborFest.
Today’s labor quote is by Tony Mazzocchi
“There is a dawn approaching that is indicating and shouting to us that it's our moment. But we've got to seize that moment and use what we know so well—how to organize and, fundamentally, how to fight!”