The 2016 National Jobs With Justice conference is set for February 12-13 here in Washington. "The conference is a great opportunity for DC labor activists to acquire new organizing, campaigning and communications tools, advance leadership skills and expand networks, as well as strategize and learn about breakthroughs in organizing and membership building," says DC Jobs With Justice Executive Director Nikki Lewis.
And the next AFL-CIO Organizing Institute is coming up March 4-6 in Baltimore. The Organizing Institute trains member activists and staff in basic organizing skills. For more info and to register for either of these events, go to dclabor.org
On today's Labor Calendar, tonight’s AFL-CIO screening of "A Day's Work" has been canceled; at presstime it wasn't clear whether the "Pray for the Dead" reading at the Arts Club of Washington is going ahead or not; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest updates.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1695, in what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledged his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code is that shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively, reports Roger Newell.
in 1850, Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor, was born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth.
And in 2009, a handful of American companies announced nearly 60,000 layoffs today, as the recession that began during the George W. Bush presidency charged full-tilt toward what became known as the Great Recession.
Today’s labor quote is by Sam Gompers:
"The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day."