On today's labor calendar, Verizon strike picket lines continue daily throughout the metro Washington area; go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for the latest list of locations and times.
The DC LaborFest continues today with a free IBEW MUSEUM TOUR at noon and a screening of "99 HOMES" tonight at 7:15 at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Ramin Bahrani’s searing moral thriller is a bitter examination of One Percent corruption starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. Complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1958, the Laundry & Dry Cleaning International Union was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO.
In 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 immigrant workers. Some 300 were convicted on document fraud charges. The raid was the largest ever until that date. Several employees and lower and mid-level managers were convicted on various charges, but not the owner—although he later was jailed for bank fraud and related crimes.
Today’s labor quote is by Robert F. Kennedy
“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”