That’s AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, talking about organizing sanitation workers…
(audio) So at the core of it to me Tim was if we’re not going to do whatever the hell it takes to organize these people what are we here for? So seven months later 70-percent of those workers voted to join Teamsters. We did the negotiating in my office, sometimes it lasted until 2 o'clock in the morning.”
Hear the rest of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre’s inspiring journey from Ethiopian refugee to successful labor leader in California and now nationally, on State of the Unions, the podcast from the AFL-CIO.
On today’s labor calendar, actor, writer and filmmaker John Sayles will talk about his latest novel tomorrow from 6 to 7pm at Politics and Prose: for details and the latest local labor events listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history…
On this date in 1892, an explosion at Osage Coal and Mining Company’s Mine Number 11 near Krebs, Oklahoma killed 100 and injured 150 when an untrained worker accidentally set off a stash of explosives.
Today’s labor quote is by Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, the first woman organizer for the American Federation of Labor, born on February 8, 1864. Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, who said:
“I was convinced that the workers must organize. Someone must go from shop to shop and find out who the workers were that were willing to work for better working conditions. I must be that someone.”
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