That’s AFL-CIO Trade Policy Specialist Celeste Drake, on the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s “State of the Unions” podcast…
“When factories close, they’re not getting the property tax revenue they were before. They are maybe not getting the sales tax because the people that were going out to lunch on their work breaks are no longer going out to lunch….In a sense, we are all in this together, and it doesn’t matter whether we started out with the union or we started out without a union. In the end, we’re all subject to the same forces. And those forces—rather than lifting us up as they should do— they’re pushing us down.”
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On today’s labor calendar, two events with nurses: at 9:30, nurses will rally at the DC City Council to oppose budget cuts at the United Medical Center, and then tonight at 6, the DC LaborFest screens “The American Nurse” free at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets. Complete details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1953, Milwaukee brewery workers began a 10-week strike, demanding contracts comparable to East and West Coast workers. The strike was won when Blatz Brewery accepted their demands, but Blatz was kicked out of the Brewers Association.
Today’s labor quote is by American politician, educator, and author Shirley Chisholm, who said:
“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
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