On today’s labor calendar, a first-term city councilwoman juggles a hotly contested reelection campaign and a full-time job as a hotel housekeeper in the film COUNCILWOMAN, screening at 7:15 tonight at the AFI in Silver Spring, followed by a panel discussion with local women labor leaders. Complete details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1906, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of American Federation of Labor president Samuel Gompers and other union leaders for supporting a boycott at the Buck Stove and Range Company in St. Louis, where workers were striking for a 9-hour day. A lower court had forbidden the boycott and sentenced the unionists to prison for refusing to obey the judge’s anti-boycott injunction.
Today’s labor quote is by IWW songwriter T-Bone Slim, who died on this date in 1942, singing his song “The Popular Wobbly”:
Well, that cop, he went wild over me
And he held his gun where everyone could see
He was breathing rather hard
When he saw my union card
They go wild, simply wild over me
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