But what makes this particular Saturday so special is that your local carrier will also collect nonperishable goods for food banks donated by people like you across the country.
Your donation matters right now, because food bank shelves that filled up over the winter from holiday generosity are often bare by late spring. And food banks are particularly stretched in the summer months serving the millions of children who rely on meal programs that are suspended when school is out.
The food drive, organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is being carried out locally by members of letter carrier Branch 142 in D.C. and Prince George’s County, Branch 3725 in Montgomery County, and Branches 576, 3520 and 5921 in Northern Virginia.
Remember, just leave your nonperishable goods next to your mailbox and your letter carrier will take it from there!
On today's labor calendar,
If you ever wondered about where your lights come from – and who hasn’t? -- check out today’s tour of the Electrical Workers’ Museum at noon at the Electrical Workers’ headquarters on 7th Street Northwest.
Then at 6, “Digging Where We Stand,” at the Northeast Library on 7th Street Northeast, is a lively and fascinating exploration of how to use your local public library to uncover working people’s history in our own communities.
And at 7 tonight, don’t miss Deepwater Horizon, the dramatic film based on the true events that occurred on a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The story chronicles the courage of the men who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters ever. Deepwater Horizon screens at 7 at the AFI Silver Theatre and is hosted by our friends at SEIU and CrossCurrents.
Full details on all these events at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1869, thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation’s first transcontinental railway line was finished by the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines at Promontory Point, Utah.
In 1889, U.S. and Canadian workers formed the Western Labor Union. It favored industrial organization and independent labor party politics.
And in 2005, a federal bankruptcy judge permitted United Airlines to legally abandon responsibility for pensions covering 120,000 employees.
Today’s labor quote is by Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, who said:
“If I were a factory employee, a workman on the railroads or a wage-earner of any sort, I would undoubtedly join the union of my trade. If I disapproved of its policy, I would join in order to fight that policy; if the union leaders were dishonest, I would join in order to put them out. I believe in the union and I believe that all men who are benefited by the union are morally bound to help to the extent of their power in the common interests advanced by the union.”
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