This is Chris Garlock, with the Metro Washington Council’s round-up of local labor news, updates and history.
Here’s a great Labor Day message from our friends at the California Labor Federation (play video here).
You can see this great video on our website at dclabor.org, where you can also find out about the latest local labor events and actions by clicking on Calendar.
On that calendar today are two Labor Day events.
First, you can join the Maryland Coalition for Fair Trade Labor Day Contingent at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade starting at 10am in Buddy Attick Lake Park.
And then at noon today, the folks at NoVA Labor will hold their annual Labor Day Picnic in Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria.
Again, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1882, as many as 30,000 marchers participated in New York's first Labor Day parade, demanding the 8-hour day.
In 1917, U.S. Attorney General Alexander Palmer rounded up and deported radicals and leftists in the infamous "Palmer raids" on all Wobbly halls and offices in 48 cities across the country.
In 1934, ten thousand angry textile strikers, fighting for better wages and working conditions, besieged a factory in Fall River, Massachusetts, where 300 strikebreakers were working. The scabs were rescued by police using tear gas and pistols on the strikers.
And in 1946, a general strike began across U.S. maritime industry, stopping all shipping. The strikers were objecting to the government's post-war National Wage Stabilization Board order that reduced pay increases negotiated by maritime unions.
Today’s labor quote is by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler
Liz Shuler, who said, “We have the power to speak out for good wages, great benefits, fair scheduling and equal pay for equal work. We can win paid sick leave, paid family leave and quality child care. And yes, we can finally put a woman in the White House.”
Shuler addressed the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Convention last week about what's at stake for working women this election.