Contracted workers, who earn much less than direct federal employees, “can’t afford to miss even a day of pay,” said Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU, “and yet,” he added, “they are still paying the price for a shutdown they had nothing to do with.”
Unlike direct government employees, the modestly-paid contracted janitors and security officers who were furloughed are excluded from receiving back wages.
“Time may heal all wounds, but it doesn’t pay the bills,” Contreras said.
On today’s labor calendar, today is Labor Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly, starting at 8am in Richmond; details and all the latest local labor events listings are at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1969, a group of Detroit African-American auto workers known as the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary Union Movement led a wildcat strike against racism and bad working conditions. They were critical of both automakers and the UAW, condemning the seniority system and grievance procedures as racist.
Today’s labor quote is by Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor; a 3-cent postage stamp honoring Gompers was issued on this date in 1950.
Sam Gompers, who said:
“We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.”
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