Together with his colleagues Emerson Tennessee and Andrew Blunt, his brother Leon and other friends, Ivey founded the Community Fellowship of Men, an organization that has “adopted” the second grade class at Capron Elementary School in Capron, Virginia, as their own. For 10 years, the Community Fellowship has hosted an annual cookout every October, raising funds to provide every second grader with a backpack filled with school supplies. “It’s great being a Local 400 member,” says Ivey, whose leadership and activism reflect the values of his union. “It helps me on the job having my union standing behind me. And that enables me—and many of my Local 400 brothers and sisters—to do what we can for our community.”
On today's labor calendar,
Get the latest local labor news and updates at the Metro Washington Council Delegate Meeting tonight at 6:30pm at the AFL-CIO.
Then at 7pm, catch the DC Musicians Jazz Jam Session at Guapo's Tenleytown Restaurant.
For complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1853, the American Labor Union was founded. A socialist labor organization whose membership was largely confined to the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming, the ALU later took part in the creation of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Today’s labor quote is by Thomas J. Hagerty
"The Ballot Box is simply a capitalist concession. Dropping pieces of paper into a hole in a box never did achieve emancipation of the working class, and in my opinion it never will."
Thomas J. Hagerty was an American Roman Catholic priest and trade union activist. He edited the Voice of Labor, the American Labor Union’s newspaper, and was one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World.