The national collective bargaining agreement covers 105,000 Kaiser Permanente employees, including more than 1,000 Local 400 members. OPEIU Local 2 members who work at Kaiser had previously ratified an agreement.
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1825, after eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths – mostly Irish immigrants – the 350-mile Erie Canal opened, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1905, over 2 million workers were on strike throughout the Russian Empire. Following the government’s massacre of more than 1,000 workers gathered at the Tsar’s palace in January, a huge wave of strikes erupted, coordinated by workers’ councils. By late December, the military put down what became known as the Russian Revolution of 1905, crushing the strikes and imprisoning the leaders of the workers’ councils.
Today’s labor quote is by poet Carl Sandburg:
“I am the people – the mob – the crowd – the mass. Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me? I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the world’s food and clothes.”lick here to edit.