And there are two noontime labor rallies in downtown DC today.
The first is “No Vote Until NAFTA 2.0 is Fixed!” on Capitol Hill; Trump wants a vote on the revised NAFTA as soon as possible, but if enacted as-is, the deal would lock in high medicine prices and fail to stop NAFTA’s ongoing outsourcing of jobs and pollution.
Also at noon, in Triangle Park at 20th and Virginia, NW, federal workers will rally to “Stop the Merger of OPM and GSA!” Trump’s plan to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management and transfer critical functions to the White House would undermine the civil service as a federal workforce that works for the American people.
You can also visit afge.org/SaveOPM and add your name to those taking a stand against dismantling OPM.
For complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1994, police pepper-gassed workers at the A.E. Staley plant gate in Decatur, Illinois, one year into the company's two-and-a-half-year lockout of Paperworkers Local 7837.
Today’s labor quote is by August Vincent Theodore Spies, one of the eight men framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886; on this date in 1893, more than 8,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring the eight men. The following quote by Spies, recorded just before his execution, is inscribed on the base of the monument:
"The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today."
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