“When you want to talk to us about protecting this region's public transit, instead of destroying it, we will be here,” said Local 689 Member Jampsea Campbell. “Until then, we will turn our backs on you and walk away.”
On today's labor calendar, Aztec Sun -- named "DC's Best Local Band of 2016" by the Washington City Paper's Reader's Poll -- performs free tonight at the DC LaborFest. The band offers a blend of 70s-era Funk and Soul music with heavy influences of Afrobeat, Blues and Jazz. They'll be at the Takoma Busboys and Poets starting at 5 this afternoon, for a [email protected] broadcast here on WPFW, followed by a show from 6-8.
Details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1837, the first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women was held in New York City. Attendees included women of color, the wives and daughters of slaveholders, and women of low economic status.
In 1934, a longshoremen’s strike to gain control of hiring led to general work stoppage in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 1937, Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognized the Screen Actors Guild. SAG leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, SAG membership increased 400 percent.
And in 1972, four thousand garment workers, mostly Hispanic, struck for union recognition at the Farah Manufacturing Company in El Paso, Texas.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions."
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