More than a dozen speakers testified at the nearly 2-hour town hall, voicing their opposition to budget cuts and service cutbacks. Read our full report at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar, New York Times investigative reporter Ian Urbina discusses his series on “The Outlaw Ocean” today at 2pm at the AFL-CIO. The eight-part series revealed the crimes and violence against seafarers which often go unpunished in international waters. The International Transport Workers’ Federation will also report on their organizing efforts in fisheries.
And tonight at 5pm, tune into Labor [email protected] here on WPFW as we relaunch with a Jazz Jam featuring a trio of local musicians from the D.C. Federation of Musicians. I'll be hosting Ephriam Wolfolk on bass, John Albertson on guitar and Greg Holloway on drums/percussion, as they perform a mix of jazz standards and Latin music.
For all the latest local labor calenda\r listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1860, in what is described as the worst industrial disaster in state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts collapsed, trapping 900 workers, mostly Irish women. More than 100 died, and scores more were injured in the collapse and ensuing fire. Too much machinery had been crammed into the building.
In 1980, former AFL-CIO President George Meany died at age 85. The one-time plumber led the labor federation from the time of the AFL and CIO merger in 1955 until shortly before his death.
And in 2004, the Supreme Court let stand implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement, despite the lack of an Environmental Impact Statement.
Today’s labor quote is by George Meany
"Labor never quits. We never give up the fight – no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes."