If you've got ideas for the 2016 DC LaborFest, you'll want to drop by the LaborFest Planning Confab at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets next Tuesday, January 12 from 6-8p. Whether you’re a labor artist who wants to participate, have ideas about events or just want to find out more about how to get involved in this popular cultural event, all are welcome. The LaborFest runs May 1 through 31, and at next week's get-together we'll discuss possible events for 2016, and screen some trailers for possible Labor FilmFest films. Go to dclabor.orgto RSVP.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1869, the nation’s first labor convention of Black workers was held in Washington, D.C., with 214 delegates forming the Colored National Labor Union.
In 1914, the Ford Motor Company raised wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8-hour day in an effort to keep the unions out.
And in 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began. Ten of the 11 deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site—the first-ever use of such equipment—failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net, becoming members of the informal "Halfway to Hell Club"
Today’s labor quote is by Francis of Assisi
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”