On today’s labor calendar, catch a special free screening of "At The River I Stand" tonight at 6 at the Shirlington Busboys And Poets. This moving documentary recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr.'s death in 1968, when he went to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers.
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1913, some 10,000 clothing workers struck in Rochester, New York, my hometown. They were striking for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union.
Today’s labor quote is by A. Philip Randolph, who said:
"Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted."
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