Here’s a look ahead at some of the highlights of the labor calendar over the next few days. Don’t worry about writing it all down; it’s all on our website, dclabor.org, click on Calendar
The Coalition of WMATA Labor Unions hosts a Public Town Hall Meeting tonight at 7pm in the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, Maryland, where they’ll continue developing a “Public Agenda for Metro’s Future”;
Tomorrow, DC teachers will Rally to Defend Public Education for All from 3 to 5pm at the Beers Elementary School in Southeast; giving teachers, parents, students and community allies a chance to demonstrate against the president-elect's agenda to dismantle public education;
On Friday, there are a number of direct actions planned to blockade security checkpoints at the inauguration; a labor contingent will lead one focusing on Trump's war on workers, at a checkpoint to be determined. This is a direct action and is not legally permitted, so exercise your First Amendment rights and be careful out there.
Then at noon there’s a march against Trump, starting at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station and continuing to McPherson Square; this march is fully legally permitted, labor folks are meeting on the east side of the Circle.
And on Saturday, of course, there’s the Women’s March on Washington. The labor assembly point is at Garfield Park, at the intersection of 3rd and G Streets Southeast, starting at 8:30am.
Saturday afternoon Public Citizen is hosting a Teach-In after the march, from 1:30 to 8:30pm, focusing on the critical grassroots campaigns for the coming year.
Again, complete details on all of these events are at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1909, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled -- in Moyer versus Peabody -- that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal.
In 1978, "Take This Job and Shove It," by Johnny Paycheck, was listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S.
Today’s labor quote is by the man himself, Johnny Paycheck:
I been workin' in this factory
For nigh on fifteen years
All this time I watched my woman
Drownin' in a pool of tears
And I've seen a lot of good folks die
That had a lot of bills to pay
I'd give the shirt right offa' my back
If I had the guts to say
Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more