On today's labor calendar, author John Judis will discuss his new book "The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics" today at noon at the AFL-CIO
And then tonight at 6 at the Takoma Busboys and Poets, join political writer Harold Meyerson for a discussion about "What’s Next for Labor?" following this year's election.
Details on both events -- and the entire local labor calendar -- are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1881, the founding convention of the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions was held in Pittsburgh. It urged enactment of employer liability, compulsory education, uniform apprenticeship and child and convict labor laws. Five years later it changed its name to the American Federation of Labor, the precursor to today's AFL-CIO.
Today’s labor quote is from the preamble to the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions' constitution
"A struggle is going on in the nations of the civilized world between the oppressors and the oppressed...a struggle between capital and labor, which must grow in intensity from year to year and work disastrous results to the toiling millions of all nations..."