Today is Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who have died while serving in the nation’s armed forces.
It’s also welcome day off work for many Americans. You can support the American labor movement by making sure your barbecue is stocked with union-made in America products.
From beer to coolers, flags, grills, hot dogs, ice cream and more, we’ve got lists of union-made products on our website at dclabor.org.
Solidarity works; enjoy the holiday!
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1941, animators working for Walt Disney began what was to become a successful five-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists' Guild. The animated feature "Dumbo" was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the feature as clowns who go to "hit the big boss for a raise."
In 1946, a contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government established one of the nation's first union medical and pension plans.
And in 1996, after a 17-year-long boycott, the United Farm Workers reached agreement with Bruce Church on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters.
The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”
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