On today's labor calendar, the Montgomery County Council will honor retiring Metro Washington Council president Jos Williams this morning at 9:30am in the Montgomery County Council Chambers.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
In this week's labor quiz, home care is one of the fastest growing industries in today's economy; what's the average annual salary of a home care worker? Is it $12,000; $17,000; $29,000; $43,000 or $52,000. Go to unionist.com and click on Labor Quiz and you could be next week's winner!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1900, the Granite Cutters National Union began what was to be a successful nationwide strike for the 8-hour day. They also won union recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure and a minimum wage scale.
In 1936, an article in the March edition of the magazine Popular Science listed what it termed “the world’s craziest jobs,” all of them in Hollywood. The list included: Horse-tail painter (to make the tails stand out better in the movies); bone-bleacher (for animal skeletons in Westerns); and chorus-girl weigher, whose function the article did not make terribly clear.
In 1936, sailors aboard the S.S. California, docked in San Pedro, California, refused to cast off the lines and allow the ship to sail until their wages were increased and overtime paid. The job action lasted three days before the secretary of labor intervened and an agreement was reached. The leaders were fined two days’ pay, fired and blacklisted, although charges of mutiny were dropped. The action marked the beginnings of the National Maritime Union.
And in 1936, after five years of labor by 21,000 workers, 112 of whom were killed on the job, the Hoover Dam was completed and turned over to the government. Citizens were so mad at President Herbert Hoover, for whom the dam had been named, that it was later changed to Boulder Dam.
Today’s labor quote is by Arnold Miller
"We have only one political party in the country – The Money Party. And it has two branches – the Republican branch and the Democratic branch. "
Arnold Miller was the president of the United Mine Workers from 1972-1979.