Verizon strikers are holding a major regional rally of CWA members and their supporters at 11a at the Chesapeake Complex on Columbia Pike in Silver Spring. Complete details, plus a map of area leafleting locations and times, are on our website at dclabor.org.
Then at 6 tonight, join supermarket workers at the Hampton Inn in Stafford, Virginia as the UFCW Local 400 members host the latest in their series of town halls in the communities surrounding Giant supermarkets threatened with being sold off. The workers and their union are bringing together employees, customers, elected officials and other leaders to do whatever it takes to keep quality jobs and shopping options intact. Again, complete details at dclabor.org.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1912, nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrated textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The Ludlow massacre took place on this date in 1914. Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, killed about 20 people—including 11 children—at a tent city set up by striking coal miners.
And in 1948, an unknown assailant shot through a window at United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther as he was eating dinner at his kitchen table, permanently impairing his right arm. It was one of at least two assassination attempts on Reuther. He and his wife later died in a small plane crash under what many believe to be suspicious circumstances.
In 1980, United Auto Workers members ended a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime.
Today’s labor quote is by Walter Reuther
“First we must organize them, that’s the easy part, then we must unionize them, that’s the hard part.”