After Dimensions Health System announced plans last year to shutter the hospital, 1199 SEIU members organized a series of town hall meetings and lobbied for the passage of an emergency bill in the Maryland General Assembly requiring greater transparency by a hospital prior to announcing a closure.
Caregivers at Laurel Regional Hospital joined Prince George's County elected officials and the Laurel community at a press conference last month, for an announcement that the hospital will now delay further service cuts.
1199’s critical role in keeping the hospital open was acknowledged by several elected officials during their remarks.
A labor musical is on today’s labor calendar, with a 6:30pm performance of “Pray for the Dead-A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny” at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets. Find out more about this and the rest of the upcoming local labor calendar listings, at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1912, the U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations was formed by Congress, during a period of great labor and social unrest. After three years, and hearing witnesses ranging from Wobblies to capitalists, it issued an 11-volume report frequently critical of capitalism. The New York Herald characterized the Commission's president, Frank P. Walsh, as "a Mother Jones in trousers."
In 1927, Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, accused of murder and tried unfairly, were executed on this day. The case became an international cause and sparked demonstrations and strikes throughout the world.
And in 1966, the Farm Workers Organizing Committee – which later became the United Farm Workers of America – was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO.
Today’s labor quote is by James 'O Connell and John Brown Lennon
"This country is no longer a field for slavery, and where men and women are compelled, in order that they may live, to work under conditions in determining which they have no voice, they are not far removed from a condition existing under feudalism or slavery."
'O Connell and Lennon, of the American Federation of Labor, both served on the U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations.