On today's edition of Your Rights at Work, we'll talk with UFCW Local 400 Organizing Director Tiffany Flowers about how Lipton Tea workers recently organized in Virginia, a Right to Work state. We'll also talk with author Tim Sheard about his Lenny Moss mystery shop steward detective novels, as well as his work at Hard Ball Press, where he mentors and publishes working class writers. Hear them both live at 1pm here on WPFW.
And for all the the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1894, Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday, honoring the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. Following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law six days after the end of the strike. Observed on the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend, it's considered the unofficial end of summer.
Today’s labor quote is by Doug Larson
Doug Larson, who said "If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend."