"Leggett has chosen to yank back a critical lifeline and leave working families only a payday away from poverty," said the coalition in a statement.
"Ironically, Leggett's veto only hurts local business as working men and women will have less to spend,” the statement continued. “Taxpayers will also feel the burden as they foot the bill for families who are forced to rely on public assistance to survive.”
The Coalition – which includes local unions and community groups, as well as faith leaders -- urged County Council members to override the veto.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1851, African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights convention.
In 1904, two hundred miners were killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day.
In 1915, the Supreme Court upheld “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which banned membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932.
And in 1926, some 16,000 textile workers struck in Passaic, New Jersey.
Today’s labor quote is by Sojourner Truth
“If women want any rights more than they've got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.”
Sojourner Truth, who also said “Truth is powerful and it prevails.”
Born into slavery in New York State, Sojourner Truth escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.