For this week’s line-up of area labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1935, the Committee for Industrial Organization, or CIO, was founded by eight unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The eight wanted more focus on organizing mass production industry workers. The CIO merged with the American Federation of Labor in 1955 to become the AFL-CIO.
And in 1952, Philip Murray, first president of the United Steelworkers Organizing Committee, first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for 12 years following the death of John L. Lewis, died at age 66.
Today’s labor quote is by Houcine Abassi, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize:
“The Nobel Prize is not given just to us, but to all the labor movements in the world.”