“The same bill,” the Coalition says, “strips even basic worker protections from the proposed hospital at St. Elizabeth’s, eliminates the need for the new hospital to partner with Howard University Medical School, and still keeps the public in the dark about the services that will be provided.”
The Council will vote on the budget next week and at Thursday’s action Coalition members “will speak directly to Councilmembers about the need for comprehensive health services, transparency, and good jobs in Southeast.”
On today’s labor calendar, in addition to the rally for health justice this morning, this week’s edition of Your Rights at Work is right here on WPFW starting at 1pm; also at 1, there’s an rally by the Flight Attendants out at Dulles Airport and then tonight at 7:15 the DC LaborFest screens IDIOCRACY at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; complete details, as always, at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1937, Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognized the Screen Actors Guild. Guild leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, Guild membership increased 400 percent.
Today’s labor quote is by United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther. He and his wife May died on this date in 1971 in a plane crash as they traveled to oversee construction of the union’s education and training facility at Black Lake, Michigan.
Walter Reuther, who said:
“First we must organize them, that’s the easy part, then we must unionize them, that’s the hard part.”
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