Today’s Labor Calendar is jam-packed, starting with Representative Donna Edwards’ Job Fair at 10 am at the Prince George’s Sports Complex in Landover, Maryland.
Then at noon, the teacher’s union hosts “Ten Years after the Deluge: The State of Public Education in New Orleans” at their headquarters on New Jersey Avenue.
And at 1p, rally with local transit workers at the WMATA-VILLE they’re setting up on the lawn at the Transdev garage in Hyattsville, where MetroAccess workers are fighting for a fair contract.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s this week's Labor Quiz:
In 1867, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, who would become a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World, lost her husband and four young children. How did they die? Was it fire, an automobile accident; Yellow Fever; or were they murdered by Pinkertons?
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1919, more than a thousand Boston police officers struck after 19 union leaders were fired for organizing activities. Massachusetts Governor – and future US President -- Calvin Coolidge announced that none of the strikers would be rehired, mobilized the state police, and recruited an entirely new police force from among unemployed veterans of World War I.
In 1924, sixteen striking Filipino sugar workers on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (kah-WAH-i) were killed by police; four police died as well. Many of the surviving strikers were jailed, then deported.
And in 1973, United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock was named in President Richard Nixon’s infamous “Enemy’s List,” a White House compilation of Americans Nixon regarded as major political opponents. Another dozen union presidents were added later.
Today’s labor quote is by former Vice President Walter Mondale:
“A president does not have to agree with everything labor days, but whoever wants to lead this nation, if he really wants to be the president of this country, must respect and involve and listen to the workers of America as expressed through their leadership.”