Many area union offices, including the Metro Washington Council's, are closed today in observance of Memorial Day. For the latest local labor calendar, for to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1929, the Ford Motor Company signed a "Technical Assistance" contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who made the trip, including Walter Reuther, a tool and die maker who later was to become the UAW's president, returned home with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer.
In 1937, in what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police opened fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago, killing ten and wounding more than 160.
And on this date in 2002, the Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center was completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen and women who had worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the previous eight months.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them."