The Metro Washington labor movement was well-represented, with area leaders and staff who attended workshops focused on political action, communications and organizing.
Key plenary issues included saving the postal service, AFT’s Fund Our Future campaign, NAFTA and labor law reform. Metro Council Treasurer Eric Bunn called the conference “extremely informative, especially in terms of the steps we need to take to prepare for the next election and mobilize our members.”
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1998, thousands of yellow cab drivers in New York City went on a one day strike in protest of proposed new regulations.
Today’s labor quote is by United Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser, named to the Chrysler board of directors on this date in 1980, becoming the first union representative ever to sit on the board of a major U.S. corporation.
Doug Fraser, who said:
“In every single democracy in the world you will find a vibrant, vital labor movement. The reason is that in a democratic society, where you have a system of checks and balances, a labor movement is absolutely indispensable. There will always be unions as long as there are bosses.”
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