Meanwhile, sister local IATSE 868 ratified a new deal at the Kennedy Center back in July that includes wage increases, advances in professional development opportunities, and Local 868’s logo included in the Kennedy Center playbills, which the local called “A small win but nice to be included.” In a related development, union members at Washington National Opera – now part of the Kennedy Center -- ratified a new contract in September, reports the American Guild of Musical Artists. Our complete report is at dclabor.org
Phonebanks to turn out the labor vote in the upcoming election continue today at the AFL-CIO and at NoVA Labor. Details and all the latest local labor calendar listings are at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1648, the "Shoemakers of Boston"—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1911, New York City agreed to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men.
The IWW Colorado Mine strike took place on this date in 1927; it was the first time all coal fields were out.
And in 1943, the United Packinghouse Workers of America was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW, which now has 1.3 million members in the U.S. and Canada.
Today’s labor quote is by UFCW shop steward Kevin Diale
"When people come from other countries, even in small groups they should not feel alone. We're all Union. All brothers and sisters. We deserve better quality of life no matter where we came from."