Carl is being recognized as Outstanding Trade Unionist of the Year at the annual Evening with Labor coming up March 25; order tickets on our website at dclabor.org; click on Evening with Labor.
On today’s labor calendar, weather permitting, I’m pleased to welcome Pam Parker to this month’s edition of Labor [email protected], 5pm here on WPFW. Pam will be joined by John Cusick, Ethan Philion and Steve Jones for what I’m sure will be a great hour of music and talk. That’s assuming we don’t all get snowed in; be sure to check our website at dclabor.org for the latest updates.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1863, fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones was born in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Mississippi on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths.
In 1914, Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12 and a half hours to 93 minutes. Goodbye, craftsmanship, hello, drudgery.
And in 1954, the movie “Salt of the Earth” opens. The classic film centers on a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo zinc miners in New Mexico. Real miners perform in the film, in which the miners’ wives—as they did in real life—take to the picket lines after the strikers are enjoined.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr
“New economic patterning through automation is dissolving the jobs of workers in some of the nation's basic industries. This is to me a catastrophe. We are neither technologically advanced nor socially enlightened if we witness this disaster for tens of thousands without finding a solution. And by a solution, I mean a real and genuine alternative, providing the same living standards which were swept away by a force called progress, but which for some is destruction. The society that performs miracles with machinery has the capacity to make some miracles for men—if it values men as highly as it values machines.”
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