Those were some of the sounds from just two of the six union rallies and marches this past Tuesday. The first was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the noontime rally of federal workers on Capitol Hill; the second was janitors marching for a contract in Ballston later that afternoon. The day began with the UAW strike picket line at the White Marsh transmission plant, and later that morning, bus drivers picketed in Lorton, Virginia, fighting for higher pay and respect on the job. Then members of UNITE HERE 23 picketed at USDA as they geared up for a contract fight. And SEIU members rallied to support GMU workers that afternoon. Six different events, but they’re all linked by one thing: workers are fed up with being pushed around, with being disrespected, with being taken advantage of. They’re fighting back and here on Union City Radio we’ll continue to spread the word of their struggles.
Speaking of which, on today’s labor calendar, the UAW strike picketing continues from 6am to 2pm today in White Marsh, SEIU janitors will rally at 4:30 in Arlington and tonight at 7 you can welcome the Baltimore Symphony Musicians back home at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
And this just in: the UAW has expanded their pickets and will be out this weekend from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For complete details and all the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2002, twenty-nine west coast ports locked out more than 10,000 workers, closing the ports for 10 days.
Today’s labor quote is by Clara Lemlich, one of the leaders of the Uprising of 20,000, the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York's garment industry thaty began on this date in 1909. Clara Lemlich, who said:
"I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I make a motion that we go out in a general strike."
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