On today’s labor calendar, help get out the vote at phonebanks at the AFL-CIO in downtown DC or at NoVA Labor in Annadale, Virginia; details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1917, some 1,300 building trades workers in eastern Massachusetts participated in a general strike on all military work in the area to protest the use of open-shop builders. Open shops are worksites where union membership is not required as a condition of employment. The strike held on for a week in the face of threats from the U.S. War Department.
In 1959, President Eisenhower’s use of the Taft-Hartley Act was upheld by the Supreme Court, breaking a 116-day steel strike.
And in 1990, Lemuel Ricketts Boulware died in Delray Beach, Florida, at age 95. As a GE vice president in the 1950s he created the policy known as Boulwarism, in which management decides what is quote unquote "fair" and refuses to budge on anything during contract negotiations.
Today’s labor quote is by IUE President Paul Jennings who described Boulwarism as, quote, "telling the workers what they are entitled to and then trying to shove it down their throats."