And after months of what it said were “long, difficult negotiations, full of tough decisions,” UFCW Local 400 announced that it has reached a tentative agreement at Lipton. Contract ratification votes are scheduled for next week.
On our weekend labor calendar, there's a daylong series of events celebrating the historic 1877 railroad strike tomorrow, Saturday, in Baltimore starting at 10:15; check out complete details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1877, The Great Uprising nationwide railway strike began after the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad cut wages for the third time in a year. In the following days, strike riots spread through 17 states, supported by 100,000 workers. The strike lasted 45 days, ending only after federal troops were called out.
Today’s labor quote is by a Pittsburgh mill worker in 1877, declaring solidarity with the striking rail workers:
"We're with you," the mill worker said. "We're in the same boat...I won't call the employers despots. I won't call them tyrants. But the term capitalist is sort of synonymous and it will do."
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