In other local labor news, the new D.C. Taxi Rider app lets you hail a cab through your smartphone.
“Drivers see the app as a tool they can use to provide customers the service they desire,” according to Royale Simms, a union leader representing taxi drivers associated with the Teamsters. Search for "DC Taxi Rider" in the App Store now.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1937, sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, were tear-gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation plants in Chicago.
Two years later the U.S. Supreme Court declared sit-down strikes illegal. The tactic had been a major industrial union organizing tool.
In 1992, two locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union at Yale University struck in sympathy with 1,300 graduate student teaching assistants at Yale who were demanding the right to negotiate with the university.
Today’s labor quote is by Hattie Minor
"We're one for all and all for one. They supported us, and I wish them well."
Hattie Minor was an administrative assistant in the Yale department of public health, and a member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union, which struck in support of graduate student teaching assistants trying to organize a union.