More than 30 hotels in the Washington area have introduced panic buttons in the last year under an agreement with Unite Here Local 25, because of incidents like the one at the Mayflower Hotel reported in The Washington Post on Sunday.
Millionaire John Joseph Boswell pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor sexual abuse in D.C. Superior Court after being arrested for assaulting a maid at the Mayflower last January.
"Such incidents are all too common in an industry where about half of employees say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a guest, union surveys have shown," the Post reported.
"Many go unreported because the housekeepers, often immigrants or women of color, fear losing their jobs."
Read the whole shocking story on our website at dclabor.org
On today's labor calendar,
Find out how the horses on the Teamster logo got their names and lots of other fascinating Teamster labor history at today's guided tour of the Teamsters headquarters, starting at 12 noon.
At 2 this afternoon, explore the $1.3-trillion student debt problem at Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, hosted by the American Association of University Women.
And at 7:15 tonight at AFI, the DC LaborFest screens the excellent French film "The Measure of a Man," in which an unemployed everyman must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work.
Complete details and links to RSVP or buy tickets, are on our website at dclabor.org
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1883, after 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opened. Newspapers called it “the eighth wonder of the world”
In 1995, some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agreed to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains.
Today’s labor quote is by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey
"The first thing I want to say to you as individuals and as a movement-if you’re going to be something, if you’re going to do something, you have to be proud of yourself. And you have to be proud of your heritage as a Labor Movement just as you are proud of your family, or your religion, or whatever else it might be."
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