That’s Jessica, a utility worker in Detroit, on a conference call last week with utility and communication union leaders about the effects of the pandemic…
(audio) In the beginning, one of the first gas leaks that I had, it was a young couple with a child, and every time the furnace kicked on, it was just spewing out natural gas. And of course, that utility room was right next to the child's room, and I feel so terrible because I'm, I'm literally about to shut off their furnace. And I walk out to my truck to write up a tag and as I'm walking back to the house, I hear screaming. I walk in and I'm all nervous, and the husband said, my wife just got a phone call that her father had just passed away of COVID-19 and she's on the floor crying and now the kid is out of the crib, he is screaming and he's running towards me and I'm a mom. And you know, any kid that runs towards you just kinda like want to pick up and say, Hey, it's okay. And I don't know if this child's been exposed. I don't know if I've been exposed, will I give it to the child. And I literally, um, I gave them a tag, you know, wish them the best of luck, made sure they were safe. And I went and drove to a nearby parking lot and I probably sat there for about a half hour, 45 minutes. just thinking about what's going on in this world right now? What, what is going on? It was pretty crazy.
Jessica, a utility worker in Detroit.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional, about a month before it was set to expire. Congress passed the law in 1933, authorizing the President to regulate industry for fair wages and prices to stimulate economic recovery during the Great Depression.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after signing the National Industrial Recovery Act into law in 1933:
"Must we go on in many groping, disorganized, separate units to defeat or shall we move as one great team to victory?"
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