On today’s labor calendar, the classic labor film “Norma Rae” screens free tonight at 7pm at the Canal Park/Capitol Riverfront, presented by the National Labor Relations Board Professional Association and co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest.
For the latest local labor calendar, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1904, the militia was sent to Cripple Creek, Colorado to suppress a strike by the Western Federation of Miners.
The founding convention of the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW, was held on this date in 1979. The merger brought together the Retail Clerks International Union and the Amalgamated Meatcutters and Butcher Workmen of North America.
And in 2006, the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club announced the formation of a strategic alliance to pursue a joint public policy agenda under the banner of Good Jobs, A Clean Environment, and A Safer World.
Today’s labor quote is by textile worker and union organizer Norma Rae, played by Sally Field in the 1979 film, from the scene where the textile mill bosses try to fire her
“I’m staying put! Right where I am! It’s gonna take you, and the police department, and the fire department, and the National Guard to get me outta here! I’m waitin’ for the sheriff to come and take me home! And I ain’t gonna budge till he gets here!”