On today's labor calendar, support the FC Solidaridad labor soccer team at their happy hour/fundraiser today from 4 – 8pm at the Blackfinn Ameripub on I St NW. And for all of this week's labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1811, Luddites smashed 63 textile machines near Nottingham, England. The machines threatened to replace them with less-skilled, low-wage labourers, leaving them without work. The Luddite movement culminated in a region-wide rebellion in Northwestern England that required a massive deployment of military force to suppress. Although the origin of the name Luddite is uncertain, a popular belief is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, a youth who allegedly smashed two textile machines in 1779, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers. The name evolved into the imaginary General Ludd or King Ludd, a figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.
Today’s labor quote is by Karl Marx, who wrote:
"The instrument of labour, when it takes the form of a machine, immediately becomes a competitor of the workman himself."