The event will feature a roundtable discussion by a diverse group including academics, business owners, prominent leaders—including Labor Secretary Tom Perez—and everyday working people. The Summit is being held at Gallaudet University starting at 8 am today and will be live streamed. Go to aflcio.org for details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
In 1939, Wobbly Tom Mooney, accused of a murder by bombing in San Francisco, was pardoned and freed after 22 years in San Quentin.
In 2009, the presidents of 12 of the nation’s largest unions met and called for reuniting the American labor movement, which split into two factions in 2005 when seven unions left the AFL-CIO and formed a rival federation. The meeting followed signals from President-elect Barack Obama that he would prefer dealing with a united movement, rather than a fractured one that often had two competing voices. Unions from both sides of the split participated in the meeting. The reunification effort failed, but by mid-2013 four of the unions had rejoined the AFL-CIO.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr:
“What good does it do to sit at the counter when you cannot afford a hamburger?”