Here’s this week's Labor Quiz: What year were unions legalized in the United States? Was it 1849; 1903; 1935; 1941 or 1952. Submit your answer at unionist.com and you could be next week's winner!
On today's Labor Calendar, the AFL-CIO will host a “Watch Party” today for President Obama's “Summit on Worker Voice,” starting at 10:45am at AFL-CIO headquarters on 16th Street; all are welcome to drop by. The daylong summit will highlight the importance of worker organization in rebuilding the middle class, and will feature a number of AFL-CIO affiliates and partner organizations, as well as AFL-CIO staff.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1879, Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, was born in Gavle, Sweden.
Hollywood’s "Battle of the Mirrors" took place on this date in 1946. Picketing members of the Conference of Studio Unions disrupted an outdoor shoot by holding up large reflectors that filled camera lenses with blinding sunlight. Members of the competing IATSE union retaliated by using the reflectors to shoot sunlight back across the street.
Today’s labor quote is by Joe Hill, from a telegram he sent to Big Bill Haywood before Hill’s execution in 1915:
"Goodbye, Bill, I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time mourning. Organize!"
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