"Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history," said Smith, adding that "the line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just 'shut up and play.'"
On today's labor calendar, walk the line at 12:30pm today with Washington Post union members as they conduct informational picketing at the Post in support of ongoing contract negotiations. Full details on our website, dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1893, The International Typographical Union renewed a strike against the Los Angeles Times. Although the ITU kept up the fight into the 1920s, the Times remained totally nonunion until 2009, when the GCIU organized the pressroom.
Today’s labor quote is by Clara Lemlich, a garment worker involved in the 1909 "Uprising of the 20,000," strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Clara Lemlich, who said
"I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I make a motion that we go out in a general strike."
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