On today’s labor calendar, catch “Your Rights at Work” today at 1pm here on WPFW 89.3 FM and then at 4pm the Coalition of Labor Union Women will host their Biennial Working Women’s Award Celebration and Reception out at the Tommy Douglass Conference Center in Silver Spring. Complete details, of course, at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1947, some 300,000 members of the National Federation of Telephone Workers, soon to become CWA, struck AT&T and the Bell System. Within five weeks all but two of the 39 federation unions had won new contracts.
In 2000, fifteen thousand union janitors went out on strike in Los Angeles.
Today’s labor quote is by a Justice for Janitors striker during the 1990 strike in Los Angeles:
““I wasn’t robbing a bank or selling drugs, I’m simply asking for an increase in pay but the police beat us as if we were garbage.”