The AFL-CIO Labor2016 Phone Bank is now open. The phonebank will be operating Monday-Thursday 10 am – 7 pm through September and adding Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Go to dclabor.org to sign up and for info about how your union or organization can adopt a shift.
On today’s labor calendar, award-winning journalist Larry Tye discusses his new book “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon” today at noon at the AFL-CIO.
And tomorrow night at 6p, don’t miss the local premiere screening of “Blood on the Mountain” at the Takoma Busboys and Poets. Producer Deborah Wallace and Phil Smith from the Mine Workers union will introduce this searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia.
Both events are free; read more on our website at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1918, Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for opposing World War I. While imprisoned, Debs received one million votes for president.
And in 1998, New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, was officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression.
Today’s labor quote is by Gene Debs
“You have got to unite in the same labor union and in the same political party and strike and vote together, and the hour you do that, the world is yours.”