AT&T workers from CWA Local 2222 in Annandale, Virginia joined nationwide picketing outside Mobility stores last week to demonstrate their solidarity with ongoing contract negotiations. About 21,000 CWA workers nationwide are covered under the current contract, which expires February 11. CWA says it’s “Ready to do whatever it takes to win a fair contract.”
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1978, after winning organizing successes, the United Farm Workers of America officially ended its historic table grape, lettuce and wine boycotts.
In 2002, union and student pressure forced Harvard University to raise wages for their lowest-paid workers.
And in 2005, five months after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school board fired every teacher in the district in what the United Teachers of New Orleans saw as an effort to break the union and privatize the school system.
Today’s labor quote is by United Farm Worker leader Cesar Chavez
“The consumer boycott is the only open door in the dark corridor of nothingness down which farm workers have had to walk for many years. It is a gate of hope through which they expect to find the sunlight of a better life for themselves and their families.”
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