ATU Locals 689 and 1764 represent more than 15,000 transit workers in the region, including MetroAccess employees. The proposal would "drive the whole system off the road and into a tree," said ATU president Larry Hanley. The coalition expressed its support for alternative paratransit service and called on WMATA “to ensure a gold standard for accessibility and working conditions for any company providing public transit services.”
On today's labor calendar, actress TARA MALLEN, who plays Jessie in the play “Sweat,” now at Arena Stage, will be our guest on today’s edition of "Your Rights At Work" from 1 to 2pm on WPFW. Join the conversation at 202-588-0893.
Then at 5:30, check out “A Future for Workers: A Contribution from Black Labor Symposium” at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW. The free event is hosted by the AFL-CIO and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists to commemorate Black History Month.
As always, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1825, the Ohio legislature authorized construction of the Miami and Erie Canal, to connect Toledo to Cincinnati. Local historians say that "Irish immigrants, convicts and local farmers used picks, shovels and wheelbarrows," at 30 cents per day, to construct the 249-mile-long waterway.
In 1869, "Big Bill" Haywood was born in Salt Lake City, Utah: Haywood went on to lead the Western Federation of Miners, and was a founder of the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW.
And on this date in 1913, Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a White man launched the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott and the birth of the civil rights movement, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Today’s labor quote is by President Barack Obama, who on this date in 2009 imposed caps of $500,000 on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money.
Barack Obama, who said:
“This is America. We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset – and rightfully so – are executives being rewarded for failure. Especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.”