Go to dclabor.org to see photos from this event, including the governor bending pipe.
On today's Labor Calendar,
The AFL-CIO hosts a discussion of Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” today at 12:30pm.
And then at 4pm today, the Teamsters host the “Justice for Food Chain Workers” panel and reception, about McDonald’s exploitative impact along the food chain.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1879, populist humorist Will Rogers was born near Oologah, Indian Territory, which later became Oklahoma.
In 1933, some 3,000 dairy farmers demonstrated in Neillsville, Wisconsin, ultimately leading to the freeing of jailed leaders of a milk strike over low prices set by large dairy plants. Tons of fresh milk were dumped on public roads, trains carrying milk were stopped, some cheese plants were bombed during the fight.
And in 1996, after a struggle lasting more than two years, 6,000 Steelworkers members at Bridgestone/Firestone won a settlement in which strikers displaced by scabs got their original jobs back. The fight started when management demanded that the workers accept 12-hour shifts.
Today’s labor quote is by Will Rogers:
“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” Will Rogers, who also said, “Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.”