On today's Labor Calendar, a special Union Night performance of "Sweat" is scheduled for tonight at 7:30pm at Arena Stage; tickets may still be available; call 202.488.4380 or email Groups@ArenaStage.org and use the CODE: AFLCIO. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest updates.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1734, New York City maids organized to improve working conditions.
In 2014, Pete Seeger died in New York at age 94. A musician and activist, he was a revered figure on the American left, persecuted during the McCarthy era for his support of progressive, labor and civil rights causes. A prolific songwriter, he is generally credited with popularizing the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” He actively participated in demonstrations until shortly before his death.
Also in 2014, members of the Northwestern University football team announced they were seeking union recognition. A majority signed cards, later delivered to the National Labor Relations Board office in Chicago, asking for representation by the College Athletes Players Association.
Today’s labor quote is by Pete Seeger
“A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.”
Pete Seeger, who also said “I’ve never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in - as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U.S.A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it’s kind of a religion with me. Participation. That’s what’s going to save the human race.”