Last week some two dozen leaders of Council 26 local unions held an "Emergency Leadership Meeting" to discuss the potential government shutdown, which could come as early as this Friday if no deal is reached.
AFSCME lobbyists briefed the leaders on the latest news from Capitol Hill and they brainstormed on how to further prepare for a shutdown, including improving their communications network, creative protest actions, getting their message out to the public and how to help members survive a shutdown.
Updates on this developing story will be posted on our website at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, I’ll be interviewing Jon Liss of the New Virginia Majority on "Your Rights At Work" at 1 pm here on WPFW as well as taking listener calls about rights on the job.
Then at 3 this afternoon, the AFL-CIO hosts a Human Rights Day Discussion on How the TPP Trade Agreement Would Undermine Our Rights Globally and tonight at 6 Trabajadores Unidos holds a workshop on Immigration Issues and DC Licenses. Complete details at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1906, the IWW called the first sit-down strike in the United States at General Electric in Schenectady, New York.
In 1948 the first International Human Rights Day was held, commemorating the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
And in 1956, American Federation of Teachers Local 89 in Atlanta, Georgia, disaffiliated from the national union because of an AFT directive that all its locals integrate. A year later, the AFT expelled all locals that refused to do so.
Today’s labor quote is from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, in part:
“Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests.”