On today’s labor calendar, join New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler at 9:30am for a conversation about how we can leverage lessons from the largest working women’s organization in America to improve wages and standards for all Americans. Complete details at dclabor.org. click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1954, the U.S. Senate voted, 65-22, to condemn Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, for, quote, “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”
McCarthy was a rabid anti-Communist who falsely accused thousands of Americans, mostly people who supported labor, civil rights and other progressive causes, of being traitors.
In 2009, court documents filed in Boston said that Walmart had agreed to pay $40 million to more than 87,000 Massachusetts employees who claimed the retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime.
Today’s labor quote is by Senator J. William Fulbright, in his speech in the Senate on McCarthyism on February 2, 1954:
“When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the anti-democrat in general.”