The Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO has just released comprehensive lists of 2016 early voting locations and labor’s endorsed candidates for both the District of Columbia and Maryland. Early voting begins October 22 in DC and October 27 in Maryland; complete details, including locations, are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Political Action.
On today’s local labor calendar, tune in for this week’s edition of “Your Rights at Work” today at 1pm here on WPFW, when we’ll hear about an attack on unions in Montgomery County and check in with Dyanna Forrester at UFCW Local 400 about scheduling violations at Giant and Safeway. Plus find out how you can use your everyday purchasing power to support good jobs; an interview with the founder of Labor 411. More details and the complete line-up of labor events at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1927, the first “talkie” movie, The Jazz Singer, premiered in New York City. Within three years, theater jobs were wiped out for some 22,000 musicians who accompanied silent movies, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology.
In 1986, 1,700 female flight attendants won their 18-year, $37 million dollar suit against United Airlines. They had been fired for getting married.
And in 1995, thirty-two thousand machinists began what was to be a successful 69-day strike against Boeing.
Today’s labor quote is by John F. Kennedy
“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.”