Close out your summer – or launch your Fall – with Labor on the Bimah, NoVA Labor’s Labor Day Picnic, Labor Night at D.C. United and the second annual WPFW Labor Day Special on this Labor Day weekend.
Here’s the line-up; full details are on our website at dclabor.org, c;ick on Calendar.
Tomorrow, check out Jews United for Justice’s Labor on the Bimah program with guest speaker Robert Molofsky on “The Public Fight Against the Private DC Circulator and the Janus Decision” starting at 10:30am.
On Sunday, NoVA Labor will host their annual Labor Day Picnic starting at 12 noon.
On Sunday night, score with Labor Night at D.C. United, starting at 7:30pm.
And on Monday – Labor Day – Bill Fletcher and I will host our second annual Labor Day Special from 9:00am – 12:00 noon right here on WPFW.
We’ll have great hosts from across the country as we check in on the latest labor struggles and victories; hope you can join us!
In today's labor history,
on this date in 1921, 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, West Virginia, for recognition of their union, the United Mine Workers of America. It was the nation’s single largest armed uprising since the Civil War and its most violent labor insurrection. Sheriff Don Chafin hired private airplane pilots to fly over the miners and drop homemade bombs on them and newspapers from around the country sent war correspondents to cover the battle. Federal troops were eventually sent in, and miners were forced to withdraw five days later, after 16 deaths. The Blair Mountain Battlefield was just re-listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June of this year after a long battle to save it from being destroyed by mining companies.
Today’s labor quote is by Sierra Club attorney Aaron Isherwood, who said
“Blair Mountain is an important part of our nation's history, and clearly not a place that should be destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining.”
Hosted by Chris Garlock and Damon Silvers; Ed Smith out this week at contract negotiations
Elizabeth Falcon, DC Jobs With Justice Executive Director (in-studio): DC JWJ has received a grant from the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund to do outreach to workers and connect them with resources to address sexual assault and harassment on the job. "Too many of our fellow workers are taken advantage of in this way, and we are proud to stand with them as they fight back."
Vaughn Newman, Providence Hospital surgical tech: The recent announcement by Ascension, one of the nation’s biggest hospital chains, and the nation’s largest Catholic nonprofit health system, that it plans to close Providence Hospital in Northeast, DC later this year shocked the community. "Closing Providence would create a health care desert on the eastern half of the city and could cause a dangerous medical crisis for tens of thousands of residents in the low-income community served by the hospital."
Plus: Brett Kavanaugh’s History as a Judge Has Organized Labor Very Worried (Mother Jones)
MUSIC: Till It Happens To You - Lady Gaga
Produced by Pete Pocock and Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike “The Man” Nasella
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On today’s labor calendar, tune in – and call in -- at 2pm this afternoon for this week’s edition of “Your Rights At Work” right here on WPFW, hosted by me and labor lawyer Ed Smith.
In today's labor history,
on this date in 1996, OSHA published a scaffold safety standard designed to protect 2.3 million construction workers and prevent dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries annually.
Today’s labor quote is by President Franklin Roosevelt, whose Wealth Tax Act – passed on this date in 1935 and popularly known at the time as the "Soak the Rich" tax -- increased taxes on rich citizens and big business, and lowered taxes for small businesses.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said:
“Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.”
Rain and heat don’t deter construction workers and thunderstorms and humidity last week didn’t discourage two dozen Building Futures students who visited the Douglass Memorial Bridge construction site to hear workers' stories and learn more about design and safety.
"I never thought I would've ended up where I did," Safety Manager and 2011 Building Futures graduate Jameka White told students, "but I'm glad I had the tools to get here."
This was the first opportunity to be out in the field for many of the students, where they witnessed everyday construction activities like welding, piledriving, and ironworking.
The trip marked the halfway point for the current Building Futures class.
In today's labor history,
on this date in 1996, dancers at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady Club voted to be represented by SEIU Local 790. Their first union contract, ratified eight months later, guaranteed work shifts, protection against arbitrary discipline and termination, automatic hourly wage increases, sick days, a grievance procedure, and removal of one-way mirrors from peep show booths.
The Lusty Lady closed at 3 a.m. on September 2, 2013 on Labor Day.
Today’s labor quote is by Jezibel Scott, a dancer at the Lusty Lady.
Jezibel Scott, who said:
“Dancers aren’t treated like princesses. They’re treated like kitchen help.” She also said that forming a union, quote, “was not about getting more money. It was about rights and protection and job security.”
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