In other Guild news, contract talks at The Washington Post are now in their fifth month. When on-the-record contract talks resumed October 4, management proposed what the union bargaining team described as “a terrible, short-sighted, morale-destroying proposal.”
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1835, in the nation’s first general strike for a 10-hour day, 300 armed Irish longshoremen marched through the streets of Philadelphia calling on other workers to join them. Some 20,000 did, from clerks to bricklayers to city employees and other occupations. The city announced a 10-hour workday within the week and private employers followed suit three weeks later.
Today’s labor quote is by Douglas Fraser, President of the United Auto Workers from 1977 to 1983, who said:
"I would rather sit with the rural poor, the desperate children of urban blight, the victims of racism, and working people seeking a better life than with those whose religion is the status quo, whose goal is profit and whose hearts are cold."