On today’s labor calendar, authors Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson will discuss their new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All” at noon at the AFL-CIO; go to dclabor.com and click on calendar for full details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1861, the American Miners’ Association formed.
In 1932, the first U.S. unemployment compensation law was enacted, in Wisconsin.
Today’s labor quote is by American investigative journalist and media critic George Seldes:
“The first thing a dictator does is abolish the free press. Next he abolishes the right to labor to go on strike. Strikes have been labor’s weapon of progress in the century of our industrial civilization. Where the strike has been abolished … labor is reduced to a state of medieval peonage, the standard of living is lowered, the nation falls to a subsistence level.”