Local labor leaders have been taking a turn in the spotlight at the AFL-CIO convention this week in St Louis.
Delegates at the convention passed a resolution calling for Medicare for All on Monday, after Registered Nurse Sandra Falwell -- a Vice President at the National Nurses Union and member of the Metro Washington Council's Executive Board -- recalled a tragic story of a premature child born at Childrens Hospital, whose parents had to take out a second mortgage yet still couldn't pay for needed aftercare.
And yesterday, on the final day of the convention, a resolution on safe jobs and the need to address workplace violence passed after Metro Washington Council president Jackie Jeter (right) -- who also heads up the local transit workers union -- spoke in its support.
On today's labor calendar, catch this week's edition of Your Rights At Work here on WPFW at 1pm this afternoon,
and tonight at 6pm DC Jobs With Justice's "I'll Be There" Awards will be held at the All Souls Unitarian Church;
Complete details on our website, dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1825, after eight years and at least a thousand worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the Erie Canal opened, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene V. Debs, who said:
"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."
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