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Union City Radio's Chris Garlock hosts, with Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant; guests include Labor 411's Cherri Senders on how to make it a union holiday in the nation's capital, Will Fischer of the AFL-CIO's Veteran's Council and "Pray for the Dead" author Gene Bruskin. Click here for archived shows.
by Jos Williams
and Cherri Senders
If it’s December in the nation’s capital, it means residents and visitors alike are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season with family, friends and loved ones. So let’s take a moment to thank our Washington, D.C., union brothers and sisters on the front lines fighting for better wages, hours and benefits for all of us. From retail workers protesting against Walmart’s low wages, to workers at National and Dulles International airports joining the national Fight for $15, workers in the D.C. metro area have participated in dozens of actions in 2015. We can all join the fight for a stronger middle class this holiday season. How? Every time we open our wallet, we can choose to spend our money supporting good employers who treat their workers well. In that spirit, the Metro Washington Council and Labor 411 are proud to present a selected list of D.C. holiday activities and events that union workers make possible, from the National Christmas Tree to ICE! at Marriott’s Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre, “The Nutcracker” by The Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre andZooLights at the National Zoo. Because together, our dollars can make sense.
- Jos Williams is the president of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO; Cherri Senders is the publisher of Labor 411. Adapted from a post on the AFL-CIO blog.
Such a terrible sight I never did see
We carried our children back up to their tree
The scabs outside still laughed at their spree
And the children that died there were seventy three
The piano played a slow funeral tune
And the town was lit up by a cold Christmas moon
The parents they cried and the miners they moaned
"See what your greed for money has done"
On December 24, 1913, seventy-two copper miners’ children died in a panic caused by a company stooge at Calumet, Mich., who shouted “fire” up the stairs into a crowded hall where the children had gathered. They were crushed against closed doors when they tried to flee.