The local labor movement will find out Saturday night at the 2016 Evening With Labor, where outgoing Metro Washington Council President Joslyn Williams is being honored, along with the rest of this year's award-winners. Including local labor leaders, members and local activists, upwards of 1,000 are expected to attend the event, which is being emceed by News4 reporter Tom Sherwood. Go to dclabor.org and click on Evening with Labor for details on tickets. You'll also see a cool photo of Sherwood during his time as a leader of the Newspaper Guild at the Washington Post in the 1980s.
Ariel Baker of Calvary Women’s Services was all smiles as she received five boxes of personal care items collected by Library of Congress staff during the recent holiday community services drive sponsored by union locals whose members work at the Library. Go to dclabor.org to see a photo of Baker, along with Jackie Coleburn and Juanita Betts of the Library Guild.
For this week's labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the espionage conviction of labor leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs. Debs was jailed for speaking out against World War I. Campaigning for president from his Atlanta jail cell, he won 3.4 percent of the vote—nearly a million votes.
In 1941, New York City bus drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, went on strike. After 12 days of no buses—and a large show of force by Irish-American strikers at the St. Patrick’s Day parade—Mayor Fiorello La Guardia ordered arbitration.
And in 1968, United Farm Workers leader César Chávez broke a 24-day fast, by doctor’s order, at a mass in Delano, California’s public park. Several thousand supporters were at his side, including Senator Robert Kennedy. Chavez called it “a fast for non-violence and a call to sacrifice.”
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Debs
"What can Labor do for itself? The answer is not difficult. Labor can organize, it can unify; it can consolidate its forces. This done, it can demand and command."