“The struggles for voting rights and workers’ rights in our nation’s capital are one and the same,” said Council president Jackie Jeter. “The metro-area labor movement stands shoulder-to-shoulder with every DC citizen in this battle. The fight for a voice at the ballot box in the District of Columbia is the same as the fight for a voice at work. We shall not be silenced!”
On today’s labor calendar, the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women meets tonight starting at 6pm at the On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in Bowie, Maryland. For 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 1886, a coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launched the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. The party elected seven state assembly men and one senator.
Today’s labor quote is by California Governor Gray Davis, who on this date in 2002 signed legislation making the state the first to offer workers paid family leave. Gray Davis, who said:
''Californians should never have to make the choice between being good workers and being good parents.''
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