In a related story, the Washington Post last week reported that federal contract workers at the Senate cafeteria who won raises last year after staging a series of strikes have received smaller increases than expected after their jobs were reclassified. Go to dclabor.org for a link to the story.
On today's labor calendar, World Peace Prize Recipient Richard Trumka -- president of the AFL-CIO -- will be honored at a reception this afternoon at 2:30 at the AFL-CIO; go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1941, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Wages and Hours Act banning child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week.
In 1971, an explosion at a Thiokol chemical plant near Woodbine, Georgia killed 29 workers and seriously injured 50. An investigation found that contributing factors to the explosion were mislabeled chemicals, poor storage procedures and insufficient fire protection.
Today’s labor quote is by Pope John Paul II
"Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good, that is, to the good of all and of each individual because we are all responsible for each other."