Tens of thousands of federal workers like Wesley McCarville have traveled to Puerto Rico and other natural disasters this year to aid in hurricane recovery efforts. Wesley is a member of Local 1924 of the American Federation of Government Employees, or AFGE, whose members work at federal immigration agencies here in Washington.
“Now their pay is on the chopping block,” says AFGE in a new 60-second video. AFGE is urging supporters to tell Congress to support workers like Wesley by not cutting federal pay and jobs.
The video and a toll-free number for Congress are on our website at dclabor.org, where you'll also find the latest labor events by clicking on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1891, the state of Tennessee sent in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville.
And in 1941, after 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mount Rushmore sculpture was completed in Keystone, South Dakota.
Today’s labor quote is by Alex Lichtenstein, author of "Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South." Alex Lichtenstein, who wrote
"For ex-slaves and their children, the right to leave one employer for another was second only to the desire to work for one's self as freedom's most precious gift."
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