Meanwhile, here are a couple of major local labor issues that working folks in the metro area are keeping an eye on.
First up are the ongoing issues at Metro, which affect hundreds of thousands of area commuters. There will be an important hearing next week at WMATA and transit workers and their allies will be out in force; I'll have more details in the next few days.
Meanwhile, negotiations continue between supermarket workers, members of UFCW Local 400, and management at Giant and Safeway. While some progress has been reported, as of Tuesday no agreement has been reached, and things are expected to come to a head soon. Again, stay tuned for more details in the next few days.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1872, twenty people, including at least nine firefighters, were killed in Boston’s worst fire. It consumed 65 downtown acres and 776 buildings over 12 hours.
In 1935, the creation of the Committee for Industrial Organization was announced by eight unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. In 1938 they would formally break with the AFL and become the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The eight unions want more focus on organizing mass production industry workers.
And in 1952, Philip Murray, the first president of the United Steelworkers Organizing Committee, first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for 12 years following the retirement of John L. Lewis, died at age 66.
Today’s labor quote is by Philip Murray
Unions were created to make living conditions just a little better than they were before they were created, and the union that does not manifest that kind of interest in human beings cannot endure, it cannot live.