On today's labor calendar, activists are planning to pack the Montgomery County Council today at 9am in support of a $15 minimum wage.
You can check out previews of the 2017 DC LaborFest, tonight at 6pm at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets,
and at 7pm there's a rally to protect the Affordable Care Act in Clinton, Maryland.
Also, you can add the AFL-CIO Women's March Teach-In to the growing list of events planned around the upcoming inauguration. The Teach-In is set for 2-5 pm this Saturday at the AFL-CIO after the Women’s March.
Complete details on this week's very full labor calendar are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1915, radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons led a hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote "Solidarity Forever" for the march.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively.
Labor historian Joe McCartin notes that "At the time Kennedy acted, very few workers at any level of government had won the right to bargain collectively with their employers.
Federal action, says McCartin, "helped inspire many states and localities to follow suit, allowing their own workers to organize.
This triggered a huge wave of unionization in the public sector that saw firefighters, teachers, sanitation workers, social workers and many others form unions in the 1960s and '70s."
Today’s labor quote is by Lucy Parsons
Organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons, who said
"Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth."