“We will clean up the glass, sweep away the ashes and keep doing our part to bring a better day out of this hour of darkness and despair.” That was AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s on Monday morning, after protests Sunday night hit the national labor federation’s headquarters with fire and vandalism.
“The Labor Movement is much more than a building,” the AFL-CIO tweeted. “We’ve said it for years and we will say it again: Black Lives Matter.”
“In this house,” the federation tweeted, “we will continue to fight for economic, social and racial justice with every fiber of our being.”
On this week’s labor calendar, an important update: the “Workers First” caravan planned for this Wednesday has been postponed; we’ll keep you posted when it’s rescheduled.”
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1786, twenty-six journeymen printers in Philadelphia staged the trade’s first strike in America over wages: a cut in their $6 weekly pay.
Today’s labor quote is from a statement issued last Friday by the Communications Workers of America, which said:
"We will never build enough power as working people if an entire community is living under the threat of death and subject to discrimination based on the color of their skin. We will never build enough power if an entire community has its neck under an oppressor's knee.”
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