And in the latest news on a story we’ve been following for a while now, Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers told Congress last week that more than half of the private contract workers at the Senate cafeteria were misclassified and thus at risk for being underpaid. We’ve got a link to the Washington Post’s reports on both these stories on our website at dclabor.org
And for the latest local labor activities, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1935, members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 began what was to become a four-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Company in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a public utility in the United States.
In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Violence during the march persuaded him to return to Memphis the following week, where he was assassinated.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream - a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. That is the dream...”