Introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Ro Khanna of California, the Act would prohibit large employers from purchasing stock buybacks for shareholders unless they meet basic criteria for workers— a $15-dollar starting wage for all employees, the ability for all employees to earn up to seven days paid sick leave and limiting CEO compensation to no more than 150 times the median pay of all employees.
On today’s labor calendar, support SAG-AFTRA's strike against BBH today at 12:30; meet at the entrance to the Smithsonian Metro Station, Then at 1, tune in for this week’s edition of “Your Rights At Work” right here on WPFW when we’ll discuss the effects on workers of the proposal for George Washington Hospital to take over the United Medical Center.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1934, clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee went out on strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won widespread support—at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store—but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition.
Today’s labor quote is by Dennis Hale, the sole survivor of the SS Daniel J. Morrell, a freighter that broke in two during a strong storm on Lake Huron in 1966. Twenty-eight of its 29 crewmen died; Hale was found the next day, near frozen and floating in a life raft with the bodies of three of his crewmates. He had survived for nearly 40 hours in frigid temperatures wearing only a pair of boxer shorts, a lifejacket, and a pea coat. Dennis Hale, who said:
"I think somehow I give people a little hope in life, that life is a struggle, but if you have faith and determination you can go through life and come out ahead."
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