AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that the decision was not a surprise, “but it is a disappointing reminder of how long the struggle for justice can take. As we so often say in our movement, however, each day longer makes us one day stronger.”
Around the country, Trumka said, courageous men and women are organizing for change from the ground up. “The labor movement stands proudly with all working people who are brave enough to take action to improve conditions on the job or in their community. We will continue to push all branches of government to strengthen protections for those who exercise their most fundamental rights, including the right to live and work without the fear of being separated from their families.”
On today’s labor calendar, there’s a “Flush the TPP” march and rally at the Chamber of Commerce from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, and then at 6:30pm get the latest local labor news and updates at the Metro Washington Council Delegate Meeting, at the AFL-CIO headquarters at 16th and I Streets.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1927, a county judge in Punxutawney, Pennsylvania, granted an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike was in progress, or even singing hymns.
In 1982, the National Football League Players Association ended a 57-day strike that shortened the season to nine games. The players wanted, but failed to win until many years later, a higher share of gross team revenues.
Today’s labor quote is by the Occupy Wall St. movement:
“The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”