The crowd will demand that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority ensure contractors pay their workers $15 an hour. The rally, which is one of 20 happening at airports nationwide, is organized by SEIU 32BJ and starts at noon in DCA's historic lobby.
Also on today’s labor calendar, check out today’s talk on “Sugarcane Workers in Nicaragua & Human Rights” at 2:30pm at Georgetown University.
And tonight at 6:30 there’s a “Fight For $15 Solidarity Vigil” at the Montgomery County Council Building in Rockville. Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1934, clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee struck at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won widespread support—at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store—but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition.
In 1999, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that medical interns can unionize and negotiate wages and hours.
Today's labor quote is by George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO from 1955 to 1979
“While strikes sometimes cause public inconvenience, they are an inherent part of the liberties we all enjoy – free speech, freedom of association, the right of contract. The exercise of liberties in a democratic society is not only healthy; it is vital.”