On today’s labor calendar, the AFL-CIO is conducting its National Immigration Implementation Training starting at 9am and running through tomorrow at the Holiday Inn Washington-Georgetown. Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1883, cowboys earning just $40 a month began what was to become an unsuccessful two and a half month strike for higher wages at five ranches in the Texas Panhandle.
In 1927, farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona.
And in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation establishing the Civilian Conservation Corps, to help alleviate suffering during the Depression. By the time the program ended, it had provided jobs for more than six million men and boys.
Today's labor quote is by Cesar Chavez:
"Our opponents in the agricultural industry are very powerful and farm workers are still weak in money and influence. But we have another kind of power that comes from the justice of our cause. So long as we are willing to sacrifice for that cause, so long as we persist in non-violence and work to spread the message of our struggle, then millions of people around the world will respond from their heart, will support our efforts ... and in the end we will overcome."