(audio) We want health care for everybody as a basic human right. We want living wages, the freedom to form unions and a dignified retirement. We don’t really need much more than that.
That’s Michigan Congressman Andy Levin, a former AFL-CIO staffer and career union organizer and activist, on the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s State of the Unions podcast…
(audio) Right now an employer has the ability to crush workers if they try to form a union and the law doesn’t help the workers at all. So we need to change things in a big way. And if we pass the PRO Act, it would be huge. It would really change the ground we’re standing on.
Listen to State of the Unions on your favorite podcast platform.
On today’s labor calendar…
Tune in here on WPFW at 1 o’clock this afternoon for this week’s edition of Your Rights at Work, when Ed Smith and I will take your calls on workers rights;
then at 7:15 tonight, catch the great labor classic film NORMA RAE at AFI in Silver Spring as we close out this year’s LaborFest.
Complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2002, the Ground Zero cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center was completed three months ahead of schedule due to the heroic efforts of more than 3,000 building tradesmen and women who had worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the previous eight months.
Today’s labor quote is by novelist Howard Fast, writing about the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre, when police opened fire on striking steelworkers at Republic Steel in South Chicago, killing ten and wounding more than 160.
Howard Fast, who wrote:
“Many have forgotten; millions more have joined the labor and progressive movement since that time and do not know this story. But it is well that all of us remember--and in remembering, act.”
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