If you’d like to find out more about the union movement’s view on the election, drop by the phonebanks tonight at the AFL-CIO in downtown DC, or over at NoVA Labor office in Annandale, Virginia. They’re not only making calls but at NoVA Labor they’ll be hosting a debate party with snacks and ice cream sundaes.
Complete details and all the latest local labor calendar listings are at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1949, the National Association of Letter Carriers achieved equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked.
And in 1980, the J.P. Stevens textile company was forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states.
Today’s labor quote is by steelworker Randie Pearson
“Union workers have a lot at stake in this election. Particularly the laws governing collective bargaining and the rights to form a union. We could see all of that go away in one day, in one vote.”