On today's Labor Calendar, DC Jobs with Justice Executive Director Nikki Lewis is our special guest on this week’s "Your Rights At Work" call-in radio show here on WPFW 89.3 FM, from 1– 2pm. Call in at 202-588-0893.
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1917, house cleaner Carmelita Torres led what would become known as the “Bath Riots” at the Juarez/El Paso border, refusing the gasoline and chemical “bath” imposed on Mexican workers crossing the border into the U.S. Torres and 30 other women resisted and several hundred people quickly joined in the demonstration. Troops eventually quelled the riot and Torres was arrested. The practice continued for decades.
In 1931, the first U.S. unemployment compensation law was enacted, in Wisconsin.
Today’s labor quote is by Bill Clinton:
“About half our problems would go away overnight if everybody in this country who wanted to work had a job.”