The workers at DCA’s Paradies Shops started organizing with UNITE HERE Local 23 after other workers at DCA won union recognition last Fall. The organizing effort coincided with recent mass mobilizations resisting immigration enforcement in airports. “The reason we joined together is for respect,” said Committee leader Aschalew Asabie at a February 1 rally at DCA. “I came to this country from Ethiopia," said Asabie. "A majority of the people who work in this airport are immigrants. We did not expect this when we moved to this country, but we are awake now, and we are going to demand respect every day!”
On today's labor calendar:
“13TH” screens free tonight at 6p at the DC LaborFest's Bread and Roses series at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay -- who directed "Selma" -- explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Carmen Berkley, Civil, Human and Women's Rights Director at the AFL-CIO, will introduce the film.
Complete details, as always, are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history,
On this date in 1892, representatives of the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers met in St. Louis with 20 other organizations to plan the founding convention of the People’s Party. Their objectives included ending political corruption, spreading the wealth, and combatting the oppression of the rights of workers and farmers.
Today’s labor quote is by Sam Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor
"Either the trade unionists are right or they are wrong. If they are wrong, every one of us who counts himself a trade unionist ought to be shunted aside and thrown overboard. If we are right, we ought to stick and fight and take whatever consequences may come, conscious in the knowledge and conviction that the right will prevail."
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