Dozens of actions at local supermarkets took place Sunday and more are planned for today, as local shoppers prepare for Thanksgiving.
And on one of the busiest travel days of the year, airline catering workers at Reagan National Airport plan to protest and sit-in today at 5:30, calling on American Airlines to “take urgent and necessary steps to ensure that workers who cater its flights are able to escape poverty and access medical care.”
On today’s labor calendar, demonstrations at Giant and Safeway locations throughout the metro area will take place from 11 am to 1pm today and then again from 4 to 6pm; we’ve got the complete list of locations on our website at dclabor.org. The airline worker protest will be at National Airport, in American Airlines Terminal C on the North Terrace departures level.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1910, six young women burned to death and 19 more died when they leapt from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, New Jersey. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door from which the women could flee was locked.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Bridges, the longshore union leader, who said:
“I would have worked with the devil himself if he'd been for the six hour day and worker control of the hiring hall.”
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