Labor-endorsed candidates won in three DC City Council primaries on Tuesday, while one lost and one is still too close to call. Robert White won in the race for an At-Large seat, Trayon White won in the Ward 8 primary and challenger Janeese Lewis George pulled off an upset against incumbent Brandon Todd with a double-digit win. As of yesterday, the Ward 2 race was still too close to call, and while Anthony Lorenzo Green was not victorious in his bid against Vincent Gray, Metro Washington Council Political Director David Stephen said the Green “ran an outstanding campaign, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with him as an activist and ally.”
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization, upholding several lower courts’ rulings that Jersey City mayor Frank Hague’s ordinance banning labor meetings in public places and prohibiting the distribution of CIO literature violated the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly and was therefore unconstitutional.
Today’s labor quote is by Ryan Timlin, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, which represents Minneapolis bus drivers and last week refused to transport George Floyd protesters to jail. Ryan Timlin, who said:
“If we feel if something is unjust, then workers should have the right not to support the situation or provide their services.”
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