Airline food workers took their nationwide struggle against their bosses public with a massive protest Tuesday afternoon that drew almost 1,000 people and virtually filled the old main hall at Washington National Airport.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren walked the line, along with other political, union and community allies. Here’s Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Melinda Jorge on the challenges these workers face:
(audio) “Catering workers are there doing a very physical job: they have to be to aircraft on time, they have to give you the correct supplies, if not, the aircraft doesn’t go anywhere and nothing can stay on time, so it’s very time-sensitive and I don’t think the general public really understands what these employees actually go through just to get a nice decent service on an aircraft.”
On today’s labor calendar, locked-out musicians at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will picket this morning starting at 8am, and then at 1pm this afternoon catch this week’s edition of Your Rights At Work here on WPFW.
For all the latest local labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1877, workers staged a general strike – believed to be the nation’s first – in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city.
Today’s labor quote is AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, at Tuesday’s airport rally. Liz Shuler, who said:
"When Marriott strikers were on the line and they started using 'One job should be enough,' I thought this captures it, this captures it for the entire economy.”
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