On today’s labor calendar, we’ll take your calls on the "Your Rights At Work" call-in radio show here on WPFW 89.3 FM from 1– 2pm; At 5pm grab a beer – or your favorite beverage – at this month’s DC Suds & Solidarity at The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Avenue Northwest; And at 6pm Pride at Work hosts their 6th annual Celebrating Solidarity reception at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW. Then at 7pm the NoVA Young Emerging Labor Leaders meet in Annandale.
Complete details at dclabor.org; click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1866, textile strikers won the 10-hour day in Fall River, Massachusetts.
In 1867, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance setting an 8-hour workday for all city employees.
In 1946, a general strike began in Oakland, California, started by female department store clerks.
In 1984, at least four thousand people died, and possibly as many as 20,000, in one of the largest industrial disasters on record. It happened in Bhopal, India, when poisonous methyl isocyanate (i-so-si-a-nat) was released into the atmosphere at a Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant. The results of investigations by Union Carbide and the government were never released to the public; one authoritative independent study laid blame at the feet of Union Carbide for its failures on training, staffing, safety and other issues.
And on this date in 2001, arrests began in Middleton, New Jersey of teachers striking in violation of a no-strike law. Ultimately 228 educators were jailed for up to seven days before they were released following the Middleton Township Education Association's agreement to take the dispute to mediation.
Today’s labor quote is by Lawrence Sullivan, secretary of the Greater Boston Labor Council:
“The only rights we have are the rights other people give us. We are not born with rights. All rights are conditional. They are not absolute. You have to earn your rights or fight for them.”