Last week, the union at the Washington Post signed a contract extension. With a pandemic raging and the president ranting and the boss, Jeff Bezos, on track to become a trillionaire, why should readers care about the union? Because it protects one of America’s best newsrooms from being torn apart by some powerful egos. Check out Hamilton Nolan’s deep dive into the rich and fascinating history of the Newspaper Guild and the Washington Post in the Columbia Journalism Review; we’ve got a link to the story on our website, dclabor.org.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2002, The Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center was completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen & women who had worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for the previous 8 months.
Today’s labor quote is by Steel Workers Organizing Committee picket line leaders at what became known as the Memorial Day Massacre, when police opened fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago on this date in 1937, killing ten and wounding more than 160. Steel Workers picket line leaders, who said
"Stand fast! Stand fast! We got our right! We got our legal rights to picket!"
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