The Solidarity Center, the AFL-CIO and partners held the events in conjunction with the meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women.
“We cannot wait for men to help us. We women have to do it," said Sophorn Yang, a garment worker union organizer from Cambodia.
On today's labor calendar, there’s more flyering against rate hikes on Metro, from 7-9am at the Bethesda Metro station and then again from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Metro Center station. Tonight at 6:30 get all the latest local labor news at the monthly meeting of the Metro Washington AFL-CIO, which meets at the AFL-CIO at 16th and I. For complete details and all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1865, Michigan authorized the formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen were formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating "cooperation" over "competitive" capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the country during this era. Participants envisioned a world free from conflict where workers would receive the full value of their labor and freely exercise democratic citizenship in the political and economic realms.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Caudill
Lawyer, historian, activist, and legislator Harry Caudill, who said
“A foolish American myth has it that rich and super-rich are entrepreneurial Daniel Boones who decry the restraints of government and, as rugged individualists, fare forth to wrest fame and fortune from other like-minded souls. With some notable exceptions, nothing could be farther from the truth. In the main, the rich are the clever and adroit who understand the purposes and functions of government and bend it to their purposes. Government becomes a device, which they use to expand their fortunes, then hide behind to make certain their gains remain intact.”
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