This week's labor quiz asks where the "Lattimer Massacre" took place. Did the violent deaths of 19 unarmed striking immigrant anthracite coal miners happen in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky or West Virginia? Submit your answer at unionist.com and you could be next week's winner!
On today's labor calendar, check out a free noontime program of labor trailers for labor films, introduced by labor film festival organizers in town for their annual conference at the AFL-CIO. And at 4:30 this afternoon there's a "We Will Rise for Clean Air/People's Climate Movement" demonstration at the corner of K and 13th Northwest. Go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1883, the International Working People's Association was launched in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the anarchist group had been established two years earlier at a convention held in London, England.
In 1938, the Seafarers International Union was founded as an AFL alternative to what was then the CIO’s National Maritime Union.
The Seafarers are an umbrella organization of 12 unions of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S.-flagged vessels.
And on this date in 2013, construction began on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.
It's estimated the project will employ 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job.
Today’s labor quote is by Albert Parsons,
"Let the voice of the people be heard!"
Albert Parsons was an American socialist and labor activist who became an anarchist and was a delegate to the 1883 International Working People's Association convention in Pittsburgh.
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