A large delegation of RNs – including nurses from DC and Maryland -- called on Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch to reject the American Health Care Act recently passed by the House.
They called for Senator Hatch to instead support real reform, an improved and expanded Medicare for all.
NNU members, led by co-presidents Deborah Burger and Jean Ross – both nurses themselves -- delivered a letter calling the AHCA “a mortal threat to the health and well-being of our patients, and to the health security of our country” that would result in the loss of existing health coverage for tens of millions of people without any restraints on healthcare industry pricing practices.
On today's labor calendar,
Get the latest local labor news at tonight’s meeting of the Metro Washington Council, 6:30pm at the AFL-CIO, 16th and I Street NW
Then at 7 we have two great LaborFest films at two separate venues:
At AFI in Silver Spring, catch No God No Master, starring David Strathairn in a re-telling of the story of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti that explores the disintegration of civil liberties during times of social unrest. IATSE local 22 hosts.
At the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Prince Georges County Peace and Justice Coalition will host a free screening of Quest, which follows the Raineys, a working-class Black family living in North Philadelphia, over the course of eight years. A beautiful and gently-paced depiction of race and class, “Quest” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Both films start at 7pm and complete details on all labor events is at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1891, Pope Leo the Eighth issued the revolutionary encyclical 'Rerum novarum' in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius the Sixth issued 'Quadragesimo anno,’ believed by many to be even more radical than Leo’s.
In 1906, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samuel Gompers and other union leaders for supporting a boycott at the Buck Stove and Range Company in St. Louis, where workers were striking for a 9-hour day. A lower court had forbidden the boycott and sentenced the unionists to prison for refusing to obey the judge’s anti-boycott injunction.
In 1917, the Library Employees’ Union was founded in New York City, the first union of public library workers in the United States. A major focus of the union was the inferior status of women library workers and their low salaries.
In 1920, the first labor bank opened in Washington, D.C., launched by officers of the Machinists.
And in 1942, IWW songwriter T-Bone Slim died in New York City.
Today’s labor quote is by T-Bone Slim, who said:
"Wherever you find injustice, the proper form of politeness is attack."
IWW songwriter T-Bone Slim, who also said "Tear Gas: the most effective agent used by employers to persuade their employees that the interests of capital and labor are identical."
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