On today’s labor calendar, there’s an organizing meeting for a Maryland Tri-County Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women tonight at 6pm at the CWA District 2-13 office in Lanham, MD.
And at 6:30 the Metro Washington Council Delegate meeting will be held at the AFL-CIO at 16th and I in downtown DC; all are welcome to attend and hear the latest local labor news.
For complete details and the latest local labor calendar, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1943, striking African American auto workers were attacked by the KKK, National Workers League, and armed white workers at the Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots followed, in which 34 people were killed, and more than 1,300 arrested.
In 1947, the Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act, curbing strikes, was vetoed by President Harry S Truman. The veto was overridden three days later by a Republican-controlled Congress.
And in 1977, oil began traveling through the Alaska pipeline. Seventy thousand people worked on building the pipeline, history's largest privately-financed construction project.
Today’s labor quote is by Evelyn Dubrow
Described as organized labor's most prominent lobbyist at the time of its greatest power, Evelyn Dubrow died on this date in 2006 at age 95. The International Ladies' Garment Workers Union lobbyist once told the New York Times that, quote, “she trudged so many miles around Capitol Hill that she wore out 24 pairs of her Size 4 shoes each year."