"I never thought I would've ended up where I did," Safety Manager and 2011 Building Futures graduate Jameka White told students, "but I'm glad I had the tools to get here."
This was the first opportunity to be out in the field for many of the students, where they witnessed everyday construction activities like welding, piledriving, and ironworking.
The trip marked the halfway point for the current Building Futures class.
In today's labor history,
on this date in 1996, dancers at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady Club voted to be represented by SEIU Local 790. Their first union contract, ratified eight months later, guaranteed work shifts, protection against arbitrary discipline and termination, automatic hourly wage increases, sick days, a grievance procedure, and removal of one-way mirrors from peep show booths.
The Lusty Lady closed at 3 a.m. on September 2, 2013 on Labor Day.
Today’s labor quote is by Jezibel Scott, a dancer at the Lusty Lady.
Jezibel Scott, who said:
“Dancers aren’t treated like princesses. They’re treated like kitchen help.” She also said that forming a union, quote, “was not about getting more money. It was about rights and protection and job security.”