Negotiations resume today.
Meanwhile, a major Verizon strike "Day of Action" has been scheduled for this Thursday, May 19. After picketing from 4p to 5p at the 13 & F Verizon Wireless, strikers and their supporters will march to Lafayette Park and rally up around 6p. The action is being organized by CWA Locals 2108, 2336, and 2222.
On today's labor calendar, Verizon strike picket lines continue today throughout the metro Washington area; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest list of locations and times.
The DC LaborFest continues with a performance by the JUDGE SMITH band tonight at the Shirlington Busboys and Poets. The first portion of the concert will be simulcast live on WPFW 89.3FM from 5 to 6pm and then continue from 6 to 8pm; WPFW listeners are invited to join us and I look forward to seeing you there tonight! Judge Smith is fronted by Ed Smith, who also works for the District of Columbia Nurses Association and co-hosts “Your Rights at Work” Thursdays at 1p with me here on WPFW.
Tickets are just $10 each, available at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools.
And in 2004, twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Bridges
“Why should we take it upon ourselves to pick up the pieces after industry discards people for machines? Isn’t it about time unions got in there before the fact to insist that there must be some obligation to people in all this?”
Harry Bridges led the International Longshoremen's Association.
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