On today's labor calendar, retiring Metro Council president Jos Williams will appear on WJLA Channel 7's NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt today at 11am, with replays at 1pm and 11:30pm.
And on today's "Your Rights At Work" call-in radio show here on WPFW at 1pm, UNITE HERE Local 23's Allison Burket will discuss her local's fight for a contract for cafeteria workers, and the Postal Workers' Dena Briscoe will report on the status of their contract.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1965, the Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America changed their name to the Amalgamated Transit Union; much shorter and more representative of its broad membership of transit workers.
In 2011, a crowd estimated to be 100,000 strong rallied at the Wisconsin state Capitol in protest of the push by Governor Scott Walker and the state’s Republican majority to cripple public employee bargaining rights.
Today’s labor quote is by filmmaker Michael Moore, speaking at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin on March 5, 2011
"America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich ... The only thing that's broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on."
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