On today's local labor calendar,
Verizon strikers and supporters rally in downtown DC today at noon at the Verizon Wireless store at 13th and F Streets Northwest, a block from Metro Center.
Then at 1pm, catch this week's edition of "Your Rights At Work" here on WPFW 89.3 FM. Guests include CWA 2336 president Terry Richardson, AFGE president J. David Cox and workers comp attorney Hal Levi.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1967, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signed the Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike.
In 1997, more than 12,000 Goodyear Tire workers struck nine plants in what was to become a 3-week walkout over job security, wage and benefit issues.
And in 2015, Mary Doyle Keefe, who in 1943 posed as “Rosie the Riveter” for famed painter Norman Rockwell, died at age 92 in Simsbury, Connecticut. Published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943, Rosie came to symbolize women factory workers during World War II. The Rockwell painting is sometimes conjoined in peoples’ memories with “We Can Do It!” a similarly-themed poster by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller, created the year before.
Today’s labor quote is by Sybil Lewis, a riveter at Lockheed
"You came out to California, put on your pants, and took your lunch pail to a man's job. This was the beginning of women's feeling that they could do something more."