The Communication Workers of America was preparing a three-day strike to begin last Friday that will affect some 40,000 workers at AT&T, which made $13 billion in profits last year; CEO Randall Stephenson alone made $28 million.
"The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on its promise to preserve family-supporting jobs," said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor late last week.
"We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T but have been met with delays and excuses. Our message is clear: fair contract or strike. It's up to AT&T now."
On today's labor calendar,
Get the latest on the strike at AT&T at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
And tonight’s DC LaborFest screening is “Native Land” at 7:15pm at the AFI Silver Theatre. Narrated by Paul Robeson, Native Land employs a cast of familiar character actors in a story of how certain enemies within the US have done their best to suppress their fellow citizens' rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom from want. This 1942 film directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand, echoes today's depictions of capitalism’s war on the common man.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1895, Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned in Woodstock, Illinois for role in the Pullman strike
And in 1920, the Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gave federal workers a pension.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene V. Debs, who said
“The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough.”
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