Here’s today’s labor history: On this date in 1906, the first sit-down strike in the United States was called by the IWW at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. And on this date in 1948, International Human Rights Day was established to commemorate the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, in part: “Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests.”
Today’s labor quote is by George Meany:
"We in the labor movement know that you don't have to be a union member to support the doctrine of human rights, but we also know that without human rights there can be no free labor movement."
George Meany served as President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) from 1952 to 1955. As President of the AFL, he proposed in 1952 and managed in 1955 its merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and served as President of the combined AFL-CIO from 1955 to 1979.