On today's labor calendar, Verizon strike picket lines continue today throughout the metro Washington area; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest list of locations and times.
The Metro Washington Council meets tonight at 6:30 and the DC LaborFest continues with the film “7 Chinese Brothers” at 7pm at the AFI Silver Theatre, Tickets are just $5 for this film in which Jason Schwartzman stars as Larry who, along with his trusty sidekick (Schwartzman’s real-life French Bulldog, Arrow), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast, unable to retain employment or stable relationships - especially with his grandma, played with sharp timing and wit by Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis. As always, complete details on all of these events are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Today’s labor history
On this date in 1934, a Minneapolis general strike backed Teamsters, who were striking most of the city’s trucking companies.
In 1938, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Mackay decision, which permits the permanent replacement of striking workers. The decision had little impact until Ronald Reagan’s replacement of striking air traffic controllers in 1981, a move that signaled anti-union private sector employers that it was OK to do likewise.
And in 1979, Black labor leader and peace activist A. Philip Randolph died. He was president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first Black on the AFL-CIO executive board, and a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.
Today’s labor quote is by A. Philip Randolph
“Nothing counts but pressure, pressure, more pressure, and still more pressure through broad organized aggressive mass action.”