Today’s labor calendar includes a noontime panel on Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance; click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1825, the Ohio legislature authorized construction of the Miami and Erie Canal, to connect Toledo to Cincinnati. Local historians say "Irish immigrants, convicts and local farmers used picks, shovels and wheelbarrows," at 30 cents per day, to construct the 249-mile-long waterway.
In 1869, "Big Bill" Haywood was born in Salt Lake City, Utah; Haywood became the leader of Western Federation of Miners, and a founder of the International workers of the World, or IWW.
On this date in 1913, Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man launched the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the birth of the civil rights movement, was born in Tuskeegee, Alabama.
In 2009, President Barack Obama imposed caps of $500,000 on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure"
Today’s labor quote is by Rosa Parks:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Rosa Parks, who said “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. ”
Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."