A new union is setting their sights on workplaces known for underpaid employees who work long hours with few benefits and uncertain career prospects while being urged to put teamwork before their own well-being. I’m talking about political campaign offices.
In advance of the 2018 midterms, the newly formed Campaign Workers Guild is seeking to organize election staffers, particularly those who work for pro-labor Democrats. We have a link to the story in Mother Jones at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar,
There’s a Roundtable discussion on Restoring a Level Playing Field for Workers starting at 1pm today at the Brookings Institution on F Street NW;
Then at 6:30 tonight, there’s a discussion of John Tutino's book 'The Mexican Heartland' at the Mexican Cultural Institute on 16th St NW.
Complete details, as always, on our website, dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1938, members of the Chinese Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in San Francisco’s Chinatown began what would become a successful four-month strike for better wages and conditions at the National Dollar Stores factory and three retail outlets.
Today’s labor quote is by actress Hattie McDaniel, the Screen Actors Guild member who on February 29, 1940 became the first African-American to win an Academy Award, honored for her portrayal of “Mammy” in “Gone with the Wind”
Hattie McDaniel, who said:
"I loved Mammy. I think I understood her because my own grandmother worked on a plantation not unlike Tara."
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