And at the recent DCPS New Teacher Orientation, more than 700 signed up as full dues paying members of the Washington Teachers Union. Union President Elizabeth Davis told the new teachers to try to learn all they can from their more experienced colleagues. She told them that the best way to reach students is “to connect your lessons to their lives.” DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson urged the new educators to have high expectations for their students. “Our young people need to know they can be anything they want to be,” she said.
For details on upcoming local labor activities, go to dclabor.org and click on calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1921, mine owners bombed West Virginia strikers by plane, using homemade bombs filled with nails and metal fragments. The bombs missed their targets or failed to explode.
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation expanding Social Security by providing much wider coverage and including 10 million additional Americans, most of them self-employed farmers, with additional benefits.
And in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, was signed by President Ford, regulating and insuring pensions and other benefits, and increasing protections for workers.
Today’s labor quote is by President Dwight Eisenhower:
“Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those-regardless of their political party-who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to the days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a helpless mass.”