This year’s DC LaborFest begins tomorrow with a 7p screening of Trumbo at the AFI Silver Theatre; check out the whole line-up of more than 60 labor arts events at dclabor.org; click on LaborFest.
On today’s labor calendar, Verizon leafleting continues throughout the area; go to dclabor.org for the latest details.
And at 1pm today, check out this week’s edition of Your Rights at Work, when our guests will be CWA 2336 president Terry Richardson, Fire Fighters Local 36 president Ed Smith and labor historian Lane Windham.
As always, check the calendar on our website at dclabor.org.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1914, a coal mine collapsed at Eccles, West Virginia, killing 181 workers.
In 1924, a coal mine disaster claimed the lives of 119 in Benwood, West Virginia.
And in 1971, Congress created OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. April 28 has been known since then as “Workers Memorial Day” and unions around the world have organized events to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers killed and injured on the job every year.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones, who said
“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”
There will be a wreath-laying in honor of legendary labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones’ 185th birthday this Sunday at noon at the Mother Jones marker in Silver Spring; details at dclabor.org