That’s AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on State of the Unions, the AFL-CIO’s podcast:
(audio) “I don’t care if it takes one month, three months, six months, twelve months; it’s more important to get it right… it’s time for those negotiators to go back to the table and hammer out an agreement that’s good for working people across the country. They bring us a deal like that and we’ll support it. But if the President insists on a premature vote then we’ll have no choice but to oppose it.”
Hear more on “State of the Unions” wherever you listen to podcasts.
On today’s labor calendar, the locked-out Baltimore Symphony musicians are back out on the picket line today from 8 am to 9:30 am in Baltimore;
For details and the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1944, two ammunition ships exploded at Port Chicago, California, killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War Two. Shaken by the death of their workmates and afraid that another explosion might occur, 258 African-American sailors refused to return to the dangerous work and 50 were tried, convicted and sentenced to up to 15 years of hard labor in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny.
Today’s labor quote is by Joseph Small, one of the black sailors convicted in the Port Chicago Mutiny. Joe Small, who said:
“I didn't know anything about mutiny. I just knew that I didn't want to work under the same conditions that I did work under and advance the chance of the same thing happening again.”
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