"It was never about an amount of money," said Maria, "but rather so that other people will realize that Yes we can, and that they don't give up, that they fight for their rights!"
Worker Justice Organizer Hannah Kane thanked everyone who showed up to support Maria. "Together we make the difference!," said Hannah, "This victory belongs to all of us!"
On today's labor calendar:
There's a "stop Gorsuch" Rally on Capitol Hill this morning starting at 10a; location depends on the weather so check our calendar at dclabor.org
At 1 o'clock, David Stephens from ATU Local 689 will join me on Your Rights at Work for the latest at Metro, plus Pay Equity Day and your calls!
And at 5 this afternoon, there's a free screening of the film "Who is Dayani Cristal?" at Georgetown University. Actor and director Gael Garcia Bernal's film reveals the story and identity of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death,” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.
Again, full details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1712, the first slave revolt in the United States occured at a slave market in New York City’s Wall Street area. Twenty-one Blacks were executed for killing nine Whites. The city responded by strengthening its slave codes.
In 1905, a sympathy strike by Chicago Teamsters in support of clothing workers led to daily clashes between strikebreakers and armed police against hundreds and sometimes thousands of striking workers and their supporters. By the time the fight ended after 103 days, 21 people had been killed and 416 injured.
And in 2006, minor league umpires began a strike over low pay -- sometimes as little as $15,000 for a 142-game season. The strike ended after two months with a slight improvement in pay.
Today’s labor quote is by Gael García Bernal, speaking about the migrant he plays in the film "Who is Dayani Cristal?"
“I will never understand the extent of the dangers he faced. I can only try to retrace his steps and see where they take me.”
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