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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1886, a coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launched the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. The party elected seven state assembly men and one senator.
In 1996, a 42-month strike by Steelworkers at Bayou Steel in Louisiana ended in a new contract and the ousting of scabs.
And on this date in 2002, California Governor Gray Davis signed legislation making the state the first to offer workers paid family leave.
Today’s labor quote is by Pope Francis, who visits DC this week:
“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”