Here’s today’s labor history: On this date in 1900, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union – or ILGWU -- was formed. At its founding convention, delegates represented roughly 2,000 members. The Garment Workers grew to become one of the largest unions in the U.S., with 450,000 members at its peak in 1969. It merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees, or UNITE. UNITE merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE.
Today’s labor quote is from "Look for the Union Label," the ILGWU’s advertising jingle from the 1970s:
Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse,
Remember somewhere our union's sewing,
Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard, but who's complaining?
Thanks to the ILG, we're paying our way,
So always look for the union label,
It says we're able to make it in the USA!
The commercial featuring the famous song was parodied on a late-1970s episode of Saturday Night Live in a fake commercial for The Dope Growers Union and South Park also parodied it in the "Freak Strike" episode in 2002.