The HOC workers picked out new safety shoes from the Shoe Van earlier this month under the new contract, reports Local 1994, because “the value of the shoe vouchers was increased and eligible employees receive shoe vouchers each year.”
On today's labor calendar,
Author Ganesh Sitaraman will give a talk today at noon about his new book “The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution” at the AFL-CIO; In this original, provocative contribution to the debate over economic inequality, Sitaraman argues that a strong and sizable middle class is a prerequisite for America’s constitutional system.
Also at noon, there’s a tour of the Iron Workers as part of the DC LaborFest.
And tonight don’t miss the return of Love Songs From the Liberation Wars, the original “labor jazz opera” by local activist/musician Steve Jones; we’ll have Steve and some of the cast on [email protected] here on WPFW from 5-6, live from the Takoma Busboys and Poets, and then they’ll perform more selections from the show from 6:30 to 8pm.
All the events are free; details at dclabor.org
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2004, twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.
Today’s labor quote is by the Industrial Workers of the World; the IWW, which insisted
“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.”
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