AT&T Mobility workers continue to battle for a fair contract. A group of them recently briefed members of Congress on their dispute. "We asked them to call [AT&T CEO] Randall Stephenson or send him a letter to ask them to come back to the bargaining table," said Jeff Schmidt, an AT&T retail sales consultant in Fairfax, Virginia.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1903, The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derailed near Danville, Virginia, killing engineer “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers. Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost time. The Wreck of the Old 97 inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record.
Today’s labor quote is from Johnny Cash’s version of “Wreck of the Old 97”:
“They gave him his orders at Monroe Virginia
Said Steve you’re way behind time
This is not the 38 this is ‘ol 97
You must put her into Spencer on time”
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