The co-op intends to put 50 additional accessible taxis on the road in June doubling the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis operating in the County. The bulk of the funds comes from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, along with matching funds loans from Regency Taxi.
Regency hailed the project -- expected to begin in about a year – as one that will “benefit the elderly and disabled community, providing them with safe and reliable transportation,” said president David Mohebbi. MontCo Union Taxi is affiliated with the National Taxi Worker Alliance.
On today’s labor calendar,
The AFL-CIO hosts a free book event at noon today, as author Deepa Iyer leads a discussion based on her book "We Too Sing America" about how South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants shape our multiracial future.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1870, Leonora O’Reilly was born in New York. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she began working in a factory at 11, joined the Knights of Labor at 16, and was a volunteer investigator of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. She was a founding member of the Women’s Trade Union League.
In 1926, 12,000 New York furriers began a 17-week general strike, in which Jewish workers formed a coalition with Greek and African American workers and became the first union to win a 5-day, 40-hour week.
In 1936, Rubber Workers began a sit-down strike at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
And on this date in 2011, all public schools in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin were closed as teachers called in sick to protest Governor Scott Walker’s plans to gut their collective bargaining rights.
Today’s labor quote is by Leonora O’Reilly, who told US Senators in 1912:
"You cannot or will not make laws for us; we must make laws for ourselves. We working women need the ballot for self-protection; that is all there is to it."