Latasha Wood was radiant as she joined her fellow sheet metal apprentices at graduation ceremonies last Saturday at SMART local 100. Her entire family was there to celebrate the culmination of the intense 5-year program that trained the 27 apprentices for careers in the building trades. "We hope many more women see these nontraditional jobs as a great way to support themselves and their families with family-supporting wages and life-long benefits," said Sylvia Casaro Dietert, the Program Coordinator for the Community Services Agency’s Building Futures program at the Metro Washington Council.
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1971, the International Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors surrendered its AFL-CIO charter and was disbanded. Bill posters pasted up, or "posted," advertising sheets for everything from circuses and political rallies to product ad.
Today’s labor quote is by George Henry Evans, who published the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate on this date in 1829. “Edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City, Evans focused on the inequities between the, quote, “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppressions and miseries imposed on them,” unquote.
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