Go to dclabor.org for our link to the petition.
American Income Life’s George Farenthold dropped off a carload of canned goods last week for the Community Service Agency’s Holiday Food Drive. The food was collected by AIL’s Kevin Davis Agency. “They ask for donations in every union and credit union member's home they visit to discuss AIL’s permanent supplemental benefits plans,” Farenthold says.
Go to dclabor.org and click on Community Services for details on the food drive.
On today's Labor Calendar, NoVA Labor’s get-out-the-vote efforts are running all day today to turn out the union vote for tomorrow’s elections in Virginia; And at 10a this morning, there’s a reception welcoming Nobel Peace Prize Winner Hassine Abassi at the AFL-CIO; Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1920, railroad union leader and socialist Eugene Victor Debs received nearly a million votes for U.S. president while imprisoned for opposing World War 1.
In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill designating a federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be observed on the third Monday of January.
And on this date in 1989, Carmen Fasanella retired after 68 years and 243 days of taxicab service in Princeton, New Jersey, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
He started driving at age 17 and reportedly, chauffeured Princeton Professor Albert Einstein around town.
Today’s labor quote is by Gene Debs:
“The working class who make the sacrifices, who shed the blood, have never yet had a voice in declaring war.
The ruling class has always made the war and made the peace.”