If you missed our LaborFest screening of Councilwoman earlier this year, you can catch it on PBS this month. The documentary tracks the story of UNITE HERE member and hotel housekeeper Carmen Castillo from her arrival in the U.S. in the mid-1990s to her 2014 re-election bid to the Providence City Council.
On today’s labor calendar, the DC LaborFest is co-presenting tonight’s screening of the film Helmet Heads at the AFI Silver Theatre at 5:30 pm;
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 1999, a 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ended when an arbitrator ordered a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members.
Today’s labor quote is by UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, who said:
“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members, their families and the communities where we work and live."
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