We all know that you can lose your home and your belongings, but politicians never talk about the fact that during a disaster, many people can lose their jobs as well, reports Joel Mendelson on the Jobs With Justice website at jwj.org
Even when there are mandatory evacuation orders, many businesses insist that employees still show up for work.
Many more won’t pay employees for time missed ahead of, during and after a storm. This forces many to make an impossible choice between protecting their lives or protecting their jobs.
As our climate changes, we can expect stronger hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.
Now is the time to write new rules to ensure working people can protect themselves and their livelihoods before, during and after big disasters.
On today’s labor calendar, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka discusses “The Future of Work” with Reiner Hoffman, President of the German Trade Union Confederation at 1pm this afternoon at the AFL-CIO;
then at 2 pm catch this week’s edition of “Your Rights at Work” when Judi Conti and I will take your calls about workplace rights and discuss the latest news affecting working people. That’s “Your Rights at Work” here on WPFW 89.3 FM from 2 to 3pm
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1878, Upton Sinclair, socialist and author of The Jungle was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Today’s labor quote is from Harry Belafonte’s version of the classic song “John Henry.” According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date in 1887 at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway near Leeds, Alabama. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, West Virginia.
Here’s Harry Belafonte:
Well the man who invented the steam drill
thought he was mighty fine
John Henry drove his 15 feet
the steam drill only made nine, Lord, Lord
the steam drill only made nine.