Read our complete report -- and see photos from the evening -- at dclabor.org, where you'll also find details on all of this week's labor events.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1887, the Painters union was officially formed.
In 1917, the Supreme Court approved the 8-Hour Act under threat of a national railway strike.
And in 1948, bituminous coal miners began a nationwide strike, demanding adoption of a pension plan.
Today’s labor quote is by George Meany
"Labor never quits. We never give up the fight – no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes."
William George Meany was an American labor union leader for 57 years. He was the key figure in the creation of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, and served as the AFL-CIO's first president from 1955–1979.