Both collective bargaining for public employees and repeal of so-called "right to work" advanced last week in the Virginia General Assembly. In addition to union members, advocates for repeal included the state NAACP, the Sierra Club, and Green New Deal.
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In today’s labor history…
On this date in 1860, in what is described as the worst industrial disaster in state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts collapsed, trapping 900 workers, mostly Irish women. More than 100 died and scores more were injured in the collapse and ensuing fire. Too much machinery had been crammed into the building.
Today’s labor quote is by former AFL-CIO President George Meany, who died on this date in 1980 at the age of 85. The one-time plumber led the labor federation from the time of the AFL and CIO merger in 1955 until shortly before his death.
George Meany, who said:
“As long as there are such trade unionists, labor will be opposed by those who seek to portray workers and their unions as separate entities-referring to unions as an unneeded 'third force,' just as the diehard segregationists falsely labeled civil rights organizations as 'outside agitators.'”
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