Discipline, knowledge, and high standards are stressed from Day 1 at Steamfitters Local 602. Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship students learned that lesson at last Saturday’s orientation. The class meets twice a week and "You can't miss any nights,” Apprenticeship Director Gary Murdoch told the applicants. “(This is) a 5-year contract where I commit to train you and you commit to work and come to school." The program is designed "to graduate the best mechanics in the industry," Murdoch said.
Read more – and see photos of the Steamfitters students -- on our website at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, our guests on "Your Rights At Work" – 1pm here on WPFW – with be Lane Windham on the anti-worker track record of Transportation Secretary nominee Elaine Chao, and Leslie Tolf, author of “When The Rules Aren’t Right,” her new “rollicking, radiant, and radical graphic novel primer on labor rights, activism, and people power.”
At 6 tonight, Pride at Work will hold its 7th annual Celebrating Solidarity reception at the Newspaper Guild CWA.
For the complete calendar and more details, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1886, twenty-five unions founded the American Federation of Labor in Columbus, Ohio; Cigarmaker’s union leader Samuel Gompers was elected president.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. NAFTA promoters – including many of the world's largest corporations – promised it would create hundreds of thousands of new high-wage U.S. jobs. But in 2014, a report by Public Citizen found that instead, millions had suffered job loss, wage stagnation, and economic instability.
And in 2009, faced with a national unemployment rate of 10 percent, President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals, saying the country must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work. Joblessness had soared in the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Today’s labor quote is from the American Federation of Labor’s founding document’s preamble in 1886:
“A struggle is going on in all of the civilized world between oppressors and oppressed of all countries, between capitalist and laborer...”