Professional union membership rose to 6.27 million last year, a gain of just over 90,000 members and a new all-time high.
Union membership among professionals has steadily increased over the last 20 years, however, there are many sectors and occupations with plenty of room for union organizing. Legal services; architectural, engineering and computer services, for example, employ millions of professionals and are largely unorganized.
On today’s labor calendar, tune in at 1 o’clock this afternoon for this week’s edition of Your Rights At Work when Ed Smith and I will take your calls about workplace rights.
For complete details and all the latest labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history…
Hi, this is Linda Donahue, calling from Rochester, New York. On January 23, 1913, 10,000 clothing workers struck here in Rochester, NY for the 8 hour day, a 10% wage increase, union recognition, and some extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18 year old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor on February 5. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union. In was 1913, Rochester, New York.
Today’s labor quote is by playwright Bertolt Brecht, who said:
“Who struggles can fail. Who doesn’t struggle has already failed!”
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