On today's labor calendar, catch Union City Radio's "Your Rights At Work" Call-in Radio Show on WPFW 89.3 FM this afternoon from 1-2pm
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1890, the leadership of the American Federation of Labor selected the Carpenters union to lead the 8-hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country struck in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns had achieved shorter hours.
In 1968, staffers at San Francisco progressive rock station KMPX-FM struck, citing corporate control over what music was played and harassment over hair and clothing styles, among other things. The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and other musicians requested that the station not play their music as long as the station was run by strikebreakers.
And in 2000, Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace came to terms on a new contract, settling the largest white-collar walkout in U.S. history. The union represented some 22,000 workers, of whom 19,000 honored picket lines for 40 days.
Today’s labor quote is by The Rolling Stones
You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”