Two quick updates on a couple of campaigns we’ve been following:
Union City reader Paul Ruffins wrote in to ask whether it’s “just the emergency room at Providence Hospital” that’s closing. No; Ascension Health Corporation plans to close Providence Hospital completely at the end of this year, reports Steven Frum at National Nurses United. This would not only end health services that have been provided by Providence Hospital in the District for over 157 years, but would leave just one hospital -- United Medical Center -- on the east side of the city. We have a fact sheet with more details at dclabor.org
And in the wake of last week’s marathon hearing on Initiative 77, supporters are urging emails and calls to DC council members to ensure that they respect workers and voters, who overwhelmingly approved the initiative -- which will ensure that tipped workers earn a living wage -- in June. There’s link at dclabor.org where you can send an email now.
On today’s labor calendar, find out “How the International Labour Organization Is Responding to the Radically Changing World of Work” today at 11:30am at a program presented by the Washington DC Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association;
go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1903, “The Old 97,” a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derailed near Danville, Virginia., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers. Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost time. “The Wreck of the Old 97” inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording by Vernon Dalhart is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record.
Today’s labor quote is from that 1924 recording of “The Wreck of the Old 97” by Vernon Dalhart:
He was goin' down grade making 90 miles an hour
When his whistle broke into a scream
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
And was scalded to death by the steam
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