In today’s labor calendar, 1199SEIU's "We Care for DC" Town Hall Meeting with Tom Perez will take place at 6pm at the Plymouth Congregational Church; Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for details.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1970, the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years began in New York City. An immediate trigger for the strike was a Congressional decision to raise the wages of postal workers by only 4%, at the same time as Congress raised its own pay by 41% Mail service was virtually paralyzed in several cities, and President Richard Nixon declared a state of emergency. It was two weeks before a settlement was reached.
In 1997, the Los Angeles City Council passed the first living wage ordinance in California.
And in 2005, Walmart agreed to pay a record $11 million dollars to settle a civil immigration case for using undocumented immigrants to do overnight cleaning at stores in 21 states.
Today's labor quote is by Moe Biller, president of the Postal Workers in 1970:
“We will not back away from our determination to achieve justice and dignity for all the Postal Workers we represent.”