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Union City Radio

www.dclabor.org
with Chris Garlock and Ed Smith


Coronavirus and the labor movement’s response
Mar 9 • 4 min
“Unions have a history of petitioning the agency to develop an infectious disease standard… We all have the right to a safe workplace.” Today’s labor history: International Women’s Day’s origins in a New York needle trades workers demonstration. Today’s…
Labor History Today (3/8/20): Neutron Jack, Joker and Parasite
Mar 8 • 22 min
Labor historian Joe McCartin on “Neutron Jack” Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, who died last week; Sherry Linkon on class conflict in two recent award-winning movies, Joker and Parasite. Plus music from SongRise, a DC-based women’s social…
Strike averted as Safeway workers save pensions
Mar 6 • 3 min
“By sticking together and demanding a fair contract, we stopped Safeway from gutting our pension.” Today’s labor history: 9,000 Knights of Labor railroad workers strike. Today’s labor quote: Joe Hill’s “There Is Power In A Union”.
Your Rights at Work Talk Show Your Rights at Work - Thursday, March 5, 2020
Mar 5 • 60 min
Chris Garlock, with Ed Smith
Take a paid sick day
Mar 5 • 3 min
If you work in DC or Maryland, paid sick days are required by law. Today’s labor history: Boston Massacre occurs when British soldiers shoot down protesting ropemakers. Today’s labor quote by Josette Jaramillo.
Worker rights in the new coronavirus world
Mar 4 • 2 min
Working from home, furloughs, sick leave; exploring the options and worker rights. Today’s labor history: Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins first female cabinet member. Today’s labor quote by Thomas Jefferson.
Transit workers settle; supermarket workers ready to strike
Mar 3 • 2 min
ATU 1764 settles with Transdev; UFCW Local 400 prepares for strike at Safeway. Today’s labor history: merchant marine gains rights with Seamen’s Act. Today’s labor quote by Stacey Abrams.
Labor History Today (3/1/20): Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
Mar 1 • 48 min
Professor Robyn Muncy, co-curator of “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” on the role organized labor played in the lengthy and difficult struggle for women’s rights. Plus Saul Schniderman on the origins of Women’s History Month and “Rise Up:…
SEIU’s $150-million GOTV includes Virginia
Feb 29 • 2 min
Advances a pro-worker, Unions For All agenda. Today’s labor history: 6,000 drivers strike Greyhound. Today’s labor quote by Moe Biller.
Transit union opposes bus route cuts, calls for end to budget cap
Feb 28 • 3 min
“WMATA seems to be moving in the wrong direction.” Today’s labor history: South Carolina raises mills, factory and mine worker minimum age to 14. Today’s labor quote by Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson.
Your Rights at Work Talk Show Your Rights at Work - Thursday, February 27, 2020
Feb 27 • 60 min
Chris Garlock, with Ed Smith
Pension issue sparks strike prep at Safeway
Feb 27 • 3 min
Safeway’s refusal to fully fund pensions for its workers has become the main sticking point in contract negotiations. Today’s labor history: Supreme Court rules sit-downs illegal. Today’s labor quote by Eugene V. Debs.
AFGE blasts FLRA’s latest union-busting move
Feb 26 • 3 min
Decision will make it “even harder for rank-and-file federal employees to speak up, defend their rights, and serve the American people.” Today’s labor history: 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ends. Today’s labor quote by…
Fairfax Connector drivers get TA; strike averted
Feb 25 • 3 min
“I am proud of these workers and the solidarity, resolve and unity that they have shown.” Today’s labor history: labor organizer and civil rights activist Edgar Daniel Nixon dies. Today’s labor quote by Edgar Daniel Nixon.
Updating “The Grapes of Wrath”
Feb 24 • 3 min
Actor Tony Sancho talks about “Mother Road” at Arena Stage. Today’s labor history: Police beat striking women and children textile workers. Today’s labor quote by John Steinbeck.
Labor History Today (2/23/20): African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South
Feb 23 • 21 min
William P. Jones on “The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South,” plus a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to AFL-CIO urging the formation of a “Committee on Inquiry Into the Administration of Justice in the Freedom…
Trump budget con game
Feb 21 • 3 min
This is money that should have been used to make life better for working people. Today’s labor history: California enacts 8 hour day law. Today’s labor quote by Cesar Chavez.
Your Rights at Work Talk Show Your Rights at Work - Thursday, February 20, 2020
Feb 20 • 60 min
Chris Garlock, with Ed Smith
Giant settles; Safeway strike possible
Feb 20 • 3 min
“None of us want to strike, but if this is the only option to gain a fair contract, we’re ready.” Today’s labor history: Unemployed arrested for demanding jobs. Today’s labor quote by Richard Trumka.
How the VIP changed red to blue
Feb 19 • 3 min
Tefere Gebre: “Our VIP program ended up registering 117,000 community members to vote.” Today’s labor history: Supreme Court decides Weingarten Rights. Today’s labor quote by Eugene Victor Debs.
MontCo bill: no representation without dues
Feb 19 • 3 min
“It’s only fair that workers who reap the benefits of collective bargaining agreements pay their share of the costs.” Today’s labor history: International Association of Fire Fighters formed. Today’s labor quote by director Julia Reichert.
From Ethiopian refugee to American labor leader
Feb 17 • 3 min
AFL-CIO Executive VP Tefere Gebre: “Having a welcome mat for refugees and immigrants has attracted the best and the brightest who are brave enough who wanted to be free.” Today’s labor history: Yale unions strike in solidarity with teaching assistants.…
Labor History Today (2/16/20): Striking Images: Labor on Screen and in the Streets
Feb 16 • 50 min
Maybe class-conscious films like 2020 Academy Award winners “American Factory” and “Parasite” are actually the rule and not the exception. So argues Kathy Newman this week. Plus, Saul Schniderman on how sales clerk Leura Collins’ decision to buy some…
Workers “ready to strike” Giant, Safeway
Feb 14 • 2 min
“We’ll do what it takes to win the fair contract we deserve.” Today’s labor history: Detroit newspaper strikers offer to go back to work. Today’s labor quote by Susan B. Anthony.
Your Rights at Work Talk Show Your Rights at Work - Thursday, February 13, 2020
Feb 13 • 60 min
Chris Garlock, with Ed Smith
IUOE 99 authorizes strike at Dyncorp
Feb 13 • 2 min
Unanimous vote by frustrated workers. Today’s labor history: Hollywood writers return to work after three-month strike. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
Striking workers surged in 2018 and 2019
Feb 12 • 2 min
Largest two-year average in 35 years. Today’s labor history: birth of CIO founder John L. Lewis. Today’s labor quote by Frederick Douglass.
DC & fed workers to “Stand Up, Stand In” Tuesday
Feb 11 • 3 min
Plus, town hall Tuesday on threats to VA health care. Today’s labor history: 83-year-old “Mother” Jones arrested while protesting conditions in WV mines Today’s labor quote by “Mother” Jones.
MontCo workers make progress on contract
Feb 10 • 2 min
Plus, collective bargaining for public employees and repeal of so-called “right to work” advance in VA. Today’s labor history: Pemberton Mill collapse kills more than 100. Today’s labor quote by George Meany.
Labor History Today (2/9): John Sayles on “Matewan,” “Yellow Earth” and more
Feb 9 • 52 min
Writer, actor, and filmmaker John Sayles talks about his latest novel, “Yellow Earth,” and about his classic labor films Matewan and Eight Men Out. Plus, a reading from “Yellow Earth.” Also this week, Saul Schniderman on the arrest of “Mother” Jones while…
Gebre on organizing sanitation workers
Feb 8 • 3 min
“There was a board called a bathroom board.” Today’s labor history: 150 killed by Osage Coal mine explosion. Today’s labor quote by Mary Kenney O’Sullivan.
Your Rights at Work Talk Show Your Rights at Work - Thursday, February 6, 2020
Feb 6 • 60 min
Chris Garlock, with Ed Smith
Big turnout for MWC candidate education forum
Feb 6 • 3 min
Covered top-priority issues for labor in healthcare, education, transportation, and hospitality. Today’s labor history: 1,200 firefighters put down The Great Baltimore Fire. Today’s labor quote by Seattle labor leader.
How Labor can help battle addiction
Feb 5 • 3 min
Rev. Leah Daughtry on the Reconnecting McDowell project. Today’s labor history: premiere of Chaplin’s Modern Times. Today’s labor quote by Bill Clinton.
Washington labor leader Jackie Jeter retires
Feb 4 • 3 min
Set historical precedent as first African American woman to hold top offices at ATU 689 and the Metro Council. Today’s labor history: birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Today’s labor quote by Richard Trumka.
“A slap in the face”
Feb 3 • 2 min
Workers react to Safeway’s plan to close distribution center. Today’s labor history: Hatters Union boycott irks Supreme Court. Today’s labor quote by Ritchie Brooks.
Labor History Today (2/2): Sisters, rebels and social justice in the Jim Crow South
Feb 2 • 22 min
On today’s show, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall discusses her new book, Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of the South in an excerpt from the Working History podcast. Also this week, Karen Nussbaum on Iris Rivera’s historic refusal to serve coffee, Jessica…
New online labor bookstore
Jan 31 • 2 min
Laborsbookstore.com offers news and used labor books. Today’s labor history: Farm Workers end grape, lettuce and wine boycotts. Today’s labor quote by Emma Tenayuca.
CBPP staff ratify 1st contract
Jan 30 • 3 min
NPEU contract expands worker voice, increases transparency, promotes equity and increases compensation. Today’s labor history: Beginnings of the International Labour Organization. Today’s labor quote from Erna Solberg.
Reconnecting McDowell
Jan 29 • 3 min
“The people are the best people, salt of the earth, and they want what everybody wants.” Today’s labor history: First use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute. Today’s labor quote from “9 to 5”.
Progress remains slow in contract negotiations with Giant & Safeway
Jan 28 • 2 min
Progress remains slow in contract negotiations with Giant & Safeway “We remain far apart on nearly every single issue.” Today’s labor history: first U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted. Today’s labor quote by Bill Clinton.
Furloughed janitors still owed back pay
Jan 27 • 3 min
A year after the end of the federal government shutdown. Today’s labor history: Wildcat strike by Detroit auto workers. Today’s labor quote by Sam Gompers.
Labor History Today (1/26): Voices from the Lansing Auto Town Gallery
Jan 26 • 23 min
On today’s show, auto worker Dorothy Stevens on her pioneering career at the Fisher Body plant in Lansing, MI. Also this week, Karen Nussbaum on Dolly Parton’s hit song, Bill Fletcher on the wildcat strike by the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary…
Draft Ukrainian labor laws ‘A gift to oligarchs’
Jan 24 • 2 min
Emergency mobilizations planned to protest draft labor law changes. Today’s labor history: Federal minimum wage increases. Today’s labor quote by Sojourner Truth.
Professional union membership at record levels
Jan 23 • 3 min
6.27 million is new all-time high. Today’s labor history: 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, NY. Today’s labor quote by Bertolt Brecht.
OPEIU 2 nominates first female president
Jan 22 • 2 min
First time in the 124-year history of the local. Today’s labor history: Indian field hands stage first farm worker strike. Today’s labor quote by Terence V. Powderly.
The impact of 9/11 on fire fighters
Jan 21 • 3 min
“We actually didn’t have any real idea of the magnitude.” Today’s labor history: wildcat postal strike by “The Outlaws.” Today’s labor quote by Ken Riley.
MLK on the dignity of labor
Jan 20 • 4 min
“Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity…it has dignity, and it has worth.” Today’s labor history: Springsteen’s “My Hometown,” most listened-to song in America.
Labor History Today (1/19): MLK: All Labor Has Dignity
Jan 19 • 45 min
On today’s show, historian Michael Honey on “Wisconsin to Memphis: King’s gospel of labor rights on the rebound,” from the Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relations’ “Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives” Brown Bag series:…
Bus strike ends; DC wage theft
Jan 17 • 3 min
Cinder Bed Road bus strike settlement; Power Design to pay $2.75 million for wage theft. Today’s labor history: JFK guarantees feds the right to organize. Today’s labor quote by Johnny Paycheck.
The toll on fire fighter health
Jan 16 • 3 min
Fire Fighters president: “We’ve become very-focused on the behavioral health—mental, emotional issues associated with our profession.” Today’s labor history: California miners strike. Today’s labor quote from “Solidarity Forever.”
NABET-CWA members at CNN win $76M in back pay
Jan 16 • 2 min
“Union-busting is illegal and has consequences.” Today’s labor history: PA court rules workers can be fired for being gay. Today’s labor quote by Bayard Rustin.
NABET-CWA members at CNN win $76M in back pay
Jan 14 • 2 min
“Union-busting is illegal and has consequences.”” Today’s labor history: PA court rules workers can be fired for being gay. Today’s labor quote by Bayard Rustin.
Repealing VA’s fraudulent “Right to Work”
Jan 13 • 2 min
HB 153: “all workers win.” Today’s labor history: Cops beat workers in Tompkins Square Riot. Today’s labor quote by Dr. Martin Luther King.
Labor History Today (1/12): UAW’s Punch Press strike daily
Jan 12 • 27 min
This week’s labor history: On today’s show, the Cool Things from the Meany Archives crew features The Punch Press, an auto worker strike publication. Also this week, Saul Schniderman remembers contributions to labor history by both Johnny Paycheck and…
Workers go to the Consumer Electronics Show
Jan 10 • 2 min
“We want a future of work that works for humans not just robots.” Today’s labor history: the Pemberton Mill disaster. Today’s labor quote by George Meany.
Nurses “most trusted” for 18th consecutive year
Jan 9 • 2 min
“The public can count on nurses to stand up, show up, and speak up.” Today’s labor history: Bush tries to prevent airport security screeners from organizing. Today’s labor quote by Barack Obama.
Appreciating workers in winter storms
Jan 8 • 2 min
These folks are all doing their jobs, just like they do every day. Today’s labor history: “Great Steel Strike” ends. Today’s labor quote by Mary Kenney O’Sullivan.
AFSCME MD slams Hogan for withholding COLA
Jan 7 • 2 min
Union urges Hogan to spend more time “trying to figure out solutions to the staffing crisis.” Today’s labor history: Nation’s largest unions call for reuniting the American labor movement. Today’s labor quote by Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr.
Stop the Postal Sell-off
Jan 6 • 2 min
Add your voice and protect our public Postal Service. Today’s labor history: 8,000 strike at Youngstown Sheet & Tube. Today’s labor quote by William Spriggs.
Labor History Today (1/5): A very unusual strike
Jan 5 • 24 min
This week’s labor history: On today’s show, originally released January 6, 2019, we talk with historian Erik Loomis about frustrated workers in a very unusual place who decided to strike in a very unusual way. Questions, comments or suggestions welcome,…
The people are revolting
Jan 3 • 3 min
Record number of strikes sweep U.S. in 2019. Today’s labor history: Chinese field workers arrive in Hawaii. Today’s labor quote by Tom Mooney.
Tsunami of protests swept the world in 2019
Jan 2 • 3 min
“Movements have emerged overnight, out of nowhere, unleashing public fury on a global scale.” Today’s labor history: formation of the IWW. Today’s labor quote from “Hold The Fort.”
Cas Mudde on inequality & the Democrats
Jan 1 • 3 min
“There is a sense of betrayal among part of the population.” Today’s labor history: women weavers organize a union. Today’s labor quote by Hank Williams.
Cas Mudde on unions and young workers
Dec 31, 2019 • 2 min
“For many young people, Trade Unions are something for old people.” Today’s labor history: unemployed workers rally in Pittsburgh. Today’s labor quote from Hazel Dickens.
Do the Waltons earn more in a minute than Walmart workers do in a year?
Dec 30, 2019 • 3 min
One of the Washington’s Post’s most popular fact checks of the year. Today’s labor history: GM sit-down strike spreads to Flint. Today’s labor quote by Nelson Lichtenstein.
Labor History Today (12/29): 100 years of the ILO
Dec 29, 2019 • 30 min
Historians Eileen Boris and Jill Jensen on the complicated legacy of the International Labour Organization, ranging from its early challenge to the Bolshevik revolution to its role in the Cold War and as a countervailing force to the World Bank’s model…
Shocking fact: U.S. women’s soccer players earn less than men
Dec 27, 2019 • 3 min
Shocking fact: U.S. women’s soccer players earn less than men Even though they play – and win – more games than the men. Today’s labor history: Roosevelt seizes railroads to prevent a nationwide strike. Today’s labor quote by Tom Perez.
Remembering the longest U.S. government shutdown
Dec 26, 2019 • 2 min
Trump’s thirty-five day work stoppage affected nearly a million government workers and cost the American economy at least $11 billion dollars. Today’s labor history: Knights of Labor founded. Today’s labor quote from “Song for the Knights of Labor”.
Working-Class Christmas
Dec 25, 2019 • 2 min
Professor Kathy Newman argues that it was the working class that invented Christmas. Today’s labor history: Llewellyn Ironworks bombed during strike. Today’s labor quote by Kathy Newman.
Food & Water recognizes workers’ union
Dec 24, 2019 • 2 min
“We recognize the critical importance of protecting union labor and not leaving workers behind in our fight for a better world.” Today’s labor history: striking copper miners’ children die in a panic caused by a company stooge. Today’s labor quote by…
SPLC staff vote to unionize
Dec 23, 2019 • 2 min
“A historic moment in the history of the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Today’s labor history: AFL officers found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott. Today’s labor quote by immigrant electrician Claudia Golinelli.
Labor History Today (12/22): Working-Class Christmas
Dec 22, 2019 • 26 min
On today’s special holiday show, professor Kathy Newman argues that it was the working class that invented Christmas and many of the traditions that are associated with the holiday season. A year ago, nearly a million government workers were locked out or…
GMU food service workers win pay hike
Dec 20, 2019 • 2 min
32BJ SEIU members ratify their first-ever union contract. Today’s labor history: AFL endorses women’s right to vote. Today’s labor quote by Beyonce.
Shoppers Food closings show “unbridled corporate greed”
Dec 19, 2019 • 2 min
UNFI “made a choice to turn their backs on hardworking families in the middle of the holidays.” Today’s labor history: Greyhound strike ends. Today’s labor quote from Arthur Balfour.
Cas Mudde on “Why people vote for the far-right”
Dec 18, 2019 • 3 min
His new book takes a look at the resurgence of right-wing politicians and activists across the globe. Today’s labor history: “Swing Riots” trials get underway in England. Today’s labor quote by Captain Swing.
DC mayor urges Airport Authority to ensure $15/hr
Dec 17, 2019 • 3 min
Authority board members will vote on Wednesday to determine wages for over 6,000 workers. Today’s labor history: Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merge with Steelworkers. Today’s labor quote by Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor.
Labor History Today (12/15): Hidden in the Fields
Dec 15, 2019 • 39 min
Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez on Invisible Agricultural Child Labor in the American Southwest and the Limits of Citizenship, from the Tales from the Reuther Library podcast. Plus Lane Windham on the Willmar 8, who organized the first strike against a bank in…
AFL-CIO endorses new trade deal
Dec 13, 2019 • 3 min
“A vast improvement over both the original NAFTA and the flawed proposal brought forward in 2017.” Today’s labor history: AFL-CIO founder Samuel Gompers dies. Today’s labor quote by Sam Gompers.
Cas Mudde on “The Far Right Today”
Dec 13, 2019 • 2 min
A look at the resurgence of right-wing politicians and activists across the globe. Today’s labor history: Female bank tellers strike in Willmar, Minnesota. Today’s labor quote by Mary Kenney O’Sullivan.
ATU 689 and Metro reach tentative 4-year labor deal
Dec 12, 2019 • 2 min
“Would provide four years of certainty to Metro employees and customers.” Today’s labor history: 1,300 undocumented workers arrested in immigration sweep of meat plants. Today’s labor quote by Confucius.
Paid parental leave for federal workers
Dec 11, 2019 • 2 min
National Defense Authorization Act includes 12 weeks of paid parental leave for feds. Today’s labor history: Formation of the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Cooperative Union. Today’s labor quote from Gloria Steinem.
Fairfax Connector workers strike over—For now
Dec 10, 2019 • 3 min
“Four-day strike ‘a victory, sending a loud and clear message to Transdev that we won’t tolerate their unlawful tactics.’” Today’s labor history: first U.S. sit-down strike. Today’s labor quote from Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UNFI to sell or close 17 stores: Union vows to protect workers
Dec 9, 2019 • 2 min
“We will hold this company accountable to our community and ensure these locations remain strong union employers.” Today’s labor history: longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry ends. Today’s labor quote by Mother Teresa.
Labor History Today (12/8): Collective actions
Dec 8, 2019 • 20 min
Working-class heroes organize Pecket Well College in England, and Fannie Lou Hamer’s Freedom Farms Cooperative in the Mississippi Delta. Plus this week’s labor history highlights! Questions, comments or suggestions welcome, and to find out how you can be…
600 Fairfax Connector workers strike
Dec 6, 2019 • 2 min
600 Fairfax Connector workers strike “If we don’t come together, Transdev is going to do this across the country.” Today’s labor history: formation of the Colored National Labor Union. Today’s labor quote by Isaac Myers.
MedStar Georgetown workers hold candlelight vigil
Dec 5, 2019 • 2 min
Hospital workers are fighting for a raise and say over their working hours. Today’s labor history: AFL and CIO merge. Today’s labor quote by John Sweeney.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Dec 4, 2019 • 3 min
Homicide is one of the leading causes of death on the job among women in the U.S. Today’s labor history: Roosevelt announces end of WPA, which helped create jobs for millions during the Great Depression. Today’s labor quote by Walter Reuther.
VA bus strike may spread
Dec 3, 2019 • 2 min
Drivers for the Fairfax Connector prepare for a possible strike. Today’s labor history: Oakland general strike started by female department store clerks. Today’s labor quote by Rosa Parks.
Union vets: “A time for labor”
Dec 2, 2019 • 2 min
Will Attig, Executive Director of the AFL-CIO’s Veteran’s Council. Today’s labor history: Wal-Mart agrees to pay $40 million for abusing workers. Today’s labor quote by U.S. Catholic Bishops.
Labor History Today (12/1): Making the Woman Worker
Dec 1, 2019 • 47 min
Eileen Boris on “Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards” from the Working History podcast. Plus this week’s labor history highlights! Questions, comments or suggestions welcome, and to find out how you can be a part…
Black Friday union shopping guide
Nov 29, 2019 • 2 min
Use the Union Label and Labor 411 apps or check out their websites at unionlabel.org and labor411.org. Today’s labor history: The Boston Stores Christmas Strike in Milwaukee. Today’s labor quote by W.E.B. DuBois.
The Thanksgiving Dirty Dozen
Nov 28, 2019 • 2 min
Retail chains put profits over people. Today’s labor history: 11-day strike shuts down NYC newspapers. Today’s labor quote by William Sylvis.
“When We Fight, We Win” say fed-up workers
Nov 27, 2019 • 2 min
The number of striking workers jumped to nearly 500,000 last year, the highest in 40 years. Today’s labor history: Midland Steel sitdown forces union recognition. Today’s labor quote from “Pins & Needles”.
Airline workers sit-in, grocery workers picket today
Nov 26, 2019 • 3 min
Airline catering workers plan sit-in at National Airport; supermarket workers to rally at dozens of Giant and Safeway locations. Today’s labor history: women workers die in factory fire in Newark. Today’s labor quote by Harry Bridges.
Union-made Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2019 • 2 min
Resources for holiday shopping. Today’s labor history: 10,000 New Orleans workers, black and white, march in solidarity parade. Today’s labor quote by George Meany.
Labor History Today (11/24): FWW&CP, the ILO and Lattimer Redux
Nov 24, 2019 • 35 min
Jessica Pauszek on the Federation of Worker Writers And Community Publishers; Mark Anner and Tula Connell on the International Labor Organization, and Cool Things at the Meany Archives team dig into their files on the Lattimer Massacre of 1897 and…
National Center for Transgender Equality charged with firing workers for organizing
Nov 22, 2019 • 2 min
Nonprofit Professional Employees Union files charges. Today’s labor history: Young immigrant women launch Uprising of the 20,000. Today’s labor quote.
Viral striking bus driver video: “Don’t Play With My Money”
Nov 21, 2019 • 3 min
Contract negotiations resumed yesterday but pickets and rallies continue. Today’s labor history: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act bans discrimination. Today’s labor quote by Tracy Sear.
1,000 WV nurses organize
Nov 20, 2019 • 2 min
One of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a Right-to-Work state. Today’s labor history: time clock invented. Today’s labor quote by Norman Thomas.
MD/DC AFL-CIO: “Our moment, our fight, our future”
Nov 19, 2019 • 2 min
Hundreds of unionists gather for Maryland/DC AFL-CIO Convention. Today’s labor history: National Writers Union founded. Today’s labor quote by Joe Hill.
MD/DC AFL-CIO president Donna Edwards: “We are at one moment in time”
Nov 18, 2019 • 3 min
“I do believe that we are at one moment in time…It is our moment. It is our fight. And it is our future.” Edited from her speech at the November 18, 2019 MD/DC AFL-CIO Convention.
How a union job helped a vet gain dignity
Nov 18, 2019 • 2 min
Will Attig, Executive Director of the AFL-CIO’s Veteran’s Council. Today’s labor history: Seattle printers reject anti-labor ad. Today’s labor quote by Tom Kelly.
Labor History Today (11/17): Remembering Lattimer, GINA and Newsies
Nov 17, 2019 • 33 min
Paul Shackel, author of “Remembering Lattimer,” on one of the largest labor massacres in U.S. history. Lewis Maltby on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the major workplace protection measure celebrating its’ 10th anniversary. Plus a sneak…
Transdev returns to table as bus driver strike continues
Nov 15, 2019 • 2 min
“It’s time for Transdev to bargain in good faith.” Today’s labor history: Federation of Trades and Labor Unions founded. Today’s labor quote by Tex Schramm.
Mark Pocan (D, WI): On labor representation in Washington
Nov 14, 2019 • 3 min
“Labor is the only voice that comes to Washington and says look; you’ve got to fight for people.” Today’s labor history: trade unions form AFL precursor. Today’s labor quote by Leonora O’Reilly.
Supermarket workers ready to strike over pensions
Nov 13, 2019 • 3 min
Giant and Safeway workers protested at local supermarkets last week and there are plans for more protests this week. Today’s labor history: GM strike closes 96 plants. Today’s labor quote by Gil Scott Heron.
“Newsies” moves and inspires
Nov 12, 2019 • 3 min
The story is over a century old, yet the battle for workplace justice is exactly the same as that being fought by the Lorton bus drivers, Chicago teachers and GM autoworkers. Today’s labor history: Ellis Island closes. Today’s labor quote by John A. Byrne.
Labor History Today (11/10): Debs, Sanders, Socialism and 2020
Nov 11, 2019 • 21 min
Leon Fink talks with Patrick Dixon about Eugene Debs, Bernie Sanders, American socialism and the 2020 race for president of the United States. On this week’s Cool Things from the Meany Archive, Alan Wierdak and Chloe Danyo explore a document from two…
Remembering the Union Veterans Council
Nov 11, 2019 • 2 min
Vets face real issues that require real actions. Today’s labor history: 57 crewmen die when their ships sank during a huge storm over Lake Michigan. Today’s labor quote by Hugo Black.
Flexing labor’s muscle: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Pocan
Nov 8, 2019 • 3 min
“They’ve (corporations) gone way too far…and people are starting to fight back.” Today’s labor history: 20,000 workers stage general strike in New Orleans. Today’s labor quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“Shut it down!” say striking bus drivers
Nov 7, 2019 • 3 min
The Transdev strike is now entering its third week with no end in sight. Today’s labor history: general strike by building trades workers in eastern Massachusetts. Today’s labor quote by Myles Horton.
Transdev cuts health insurance for strikers, walks away from table
Nov 6, 2019 • 3 min
Major rally is planned at WMATA headquarters today at noon. Today’s labor history: Spangler coal mine explosion kills 79. Today’s labor quote by Louis H. Albert.
Labor gets out the vote on Election Day
Nov 5, 2019 • 2 min
Backs candidates in off-year elections. Today’s labor history: birth of Gene Debs. Today’s labor quote by George Meany.
AFSCME demands safe staffing in Maryland
Nov 4, 2019 • 3 min
Vacancies threatening state employee safety at work and costing tax payers $100 million annually in overtime. Today’s labor history: Striking steelworkers at Bridgestone/Firestone win their jobs back. Today’s labor quote by Will Rogers.
Labor History Today (11/3): Precarious work in the movies
Nov 3, 2019 • 57 min
Tom Zaniello talks with Sherry Linkon about his next book, an exploration of media accounts of precarious work, ranging from Edward R. Murrow’s famous 1960 documentary Harvest of Shame to the storytelling of modern video games. Kalmanovitz Associate…
Trump Administration backs down, withdraws “pay to protest” rules
Nov 1, 2019 • 3 min
“This is an extraordinary victory for the people of the United States.” Today’s labor history: UAW begins 172-day strike against International Harvester. Today’s labor quote by Peter Cooper.
Lorton bus driver strike could spread to Fairfax
Oct 31, 2019 • 3 min
Transdev management trying to coerce Fairfax Connector workers to undermine Lorton strikers. Today’s labor history: Tennessee tries to break coal miners strike with convict laborers. Today’s labor quote by George Henry Evans.
DC Health Justice Coalition demands full-service, high-quality healthcare
Oct 30, 2019 • 3 min
At DC City Council hearing last Friday. Today’s labor history: Attorney General Ed Meese urges employers to spy on workers. Today’s labor quote by Sebastian Junger.
Voices from the Transdev bus driver strike
Oct 29, 2019 • 3 min
“We’re still here!” Today’s labor history: “Black Tuesday” crash throws world economy into years-long crisis. Today’s labor quote by Oscar Owens.
Labor History Today (10/28): Cannabis organizing; 2007 Writers Guild Strike
Oct 28, 2019 • 50 min
(Originally posted 11/4/2018) This week’s labor history: Patrick Dixon talks with Clara Mejía Orta about workers in the cannabis industry in California, and Writers Guild of America West president David Goodman remembers the 2007 strike by 12,000 film and…
Transdev bus drivers continue strike in Lorton
Oct 28, 2019 • 2 min
“We’re committed to fighting for these workers until they get the contract they deserve.” Today’s labor history: Gateway Arch completed without a single worker death. Today’s labor quote by Malcolm X.
Bus drivers strike in Lorton; hotel workers settle in Baltimore
Oct 25, 2019 • 2 min
First strike at WMATA since 1978; Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel workers settle contract. Today’s labor history: silk dye workers strike in Paterson. Today’s labor quote by John Sweeney.
STRIKE! The game of worker rebellion
Oct 24, 2019 • 3 min
New board game teaches the power of collective action. Today’s labor history: strike by Teamsters, Scalesmen and Packers paralyzes New Orleans. Today’s labor quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
DC residents urged to testify at Council health committee hearing
Oct 23, 2019 • 2 min
“We need to win more” or UMC will face more cuts to services and jobs. Today’s labor history: local postal workers die after inhaling anthrax at the Brentwood mail facility. Today’s labor quote by William “Big Bill” Haywood.
DC janitors approve contract
Oct 22, 2019 • 2 min
New 4-year contract raises hourly wages by up to $2.50 for 10,500 workers. Today’s labor history: “Pretty Boy” Floyd – the “Sagebrush Robin Hood” — killed by FBI agents. Today’s labor quote by Woody Guthrie.
From logging to Senate President
Oct 21, 2019 • 3 min
“It was the people that had the lobbyists and the big suits and soft hands that were making sure that things stayed the way they were.” Today’s labor history: dairy farmers strike. Today’s labor quote by Merle Travis.
Labor History Today (10/20): Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman
Oct 20, 2019 • 33 min
On this week’s show: Robbin Légère Henderson talks about her grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz Robbins, on the Tales from the Reuther Library podcast. Henderson shares stories from Robbins’ autobiography, Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the…
Elijah Cummings, friend of working people
Oct 18, 2019 • 2 min
“Brother Cummings was a longtime friend of working men and women, not just in Maryland but across the country and around the world.” Today’s labor history: 58,000 Chrysler workers strike. Today’s labor quote by Louis Brandeis.
UAW gets contract at GM
Oct 17, 2019 • 3 min
Tentative agreement could end monthlong strike. Today’s labor history: Salt of the Earth strike begins. Today’s labor quote from The Bible.
Strike averted for 10,500 janitors
Oct 16, 2019 • 2 min
Local janitors – members of 32BJ SEIU — won a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract. Today’s labor history: John Brown launches guerilla warfare against slavery. Today’s labor quote by John Brown.
DC janitors: making noise and making history
Oct 15, 2019 • 3 min
SEIU 32BJ’s Maria Naranjo on the origins of “chingchinas,” the soda can noisemakers. Today’s labor history: International Working People’s Association founded. Today’s labor quote by John Sweeney.
AFL-CIO ad campaign supports striking GM workers
Oct 14, 2019 • 2 min
The strike by more than 48,000 auto workers continues to galvanize the country. Today’s labor history: International Working People’s Association founded. Today’s labor quote by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Labor History Today (10/13): Reconciling a Slaveholding Past
Oct 13, 2019 • 36 min
On this week’s show: Jody Allen, Assistant Professor of History at the College of William and Mary and Director of The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Jody discusses William and Mary’s slaveholding past and the genesis, research, and ongoing…
What’s in that bacon?
Oct 11, 2019 • 2 min
New Trump rule on pork production threatens worker safety and consumer health. Today’s labor history: plantation workers strike in Hawaii. Today’s labor quote from the “Bread and Roses” strike.
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Oct 10, 2019 • 0 min
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Sherrod Brown on automation
Oct 10, 2019 • 3 min
“Those companies owe it to those workers to re-train them.” Today’s labor history: 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers strike in Pixley, California. Today’s labor quote by Samuel Gompers.
Bus driver runs for Bowie City Council
Oct 9, 2019 • 3 min
“I know first-hand how important the decisions of politicians can be to the everyday lives of workers.” Today’s labor history: Chicago sanitation workers win 9-day strike. Today’s labor quote by “boom boom room” arbitration panel.
Sherrod Brown on progressive populism
Oct 8, 2019 • 2 min
“Progressive populism is never racist, it’s never anti-Semitic and it doesn’t raise people up by pushing others down.” Today’s labor history: Polish government bans the union Solidarity. Today’s labor quote by Lech Walesa.
Kroger member wins back pay, gets job back after year-long suspension
Oct 7, 2019 • 3 min
“It really shows that our union really does fight for us.” Today’s labor history: Hollywood’s “Battle of the Mirrors.” Today’s labor quote by Phil Ochs (sung by Paul Robeson).
Labor History Today (10/6): Sex Workers Outreach Project makes history in Minneapolis
Oct 6, 2019 • 38 min
On this week’s show: Dr. Jayne Swift on the historic city ordinance just passed this August that has the potential to change the face of the adult entertainment industry in Minneapolis. Plus, Steve Striffler on “Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left…
Sen. Sherrod Brown on workers feeling emboldened
Oct 4, 2019 • 3 min
“Those who belong to unions are going to make stronger and stronger demands of their employers who have shared little of the wealth that the workers created.” Today’s labor history: Truman orders U.S. Navy to seize oil refineries, breaking strike. Today’s…
Janitors demand justice on DC streets
Oct 3, 2019 • 2 min
Vow to strike if they don’t win a contract with fair wages by October 15. Today’s labor history: United Auto Workers call strike against Ford. Today’s labor quote by Woody Guthrie.
Pension plans in the balance
Oct 2, 2019 • 3 min
Hundreds of pension plans are poised to fail unless Congress acts. Today’s labor history: AFL endorses 6-hour day, 5-day workweek. Today’s labor quote by Benjamin Jealous.
Auto workers are striking for us all
Oct 1, 2019 • 3 min
“A strike is not just about immediate demands—it is about working people demanding a better world.” Today’s labor history: Midwest dairy farmers strike for higher prices. Today’s labor quote by Jack McCallum.
House panel passes labor law rewrite
Sep 30, 2019 • 2 min
Most-comprehensive pro-worker rewrite of U.S. labor law in decades. Today’s labor history: Carnegie strikers charged with treason. Today’s labor quote by Mother Jones.
Labor History Today (9/29/19): Mapping American social movements
Sep 29, 2019 • 64 min
Labor History Today (9/29/19): Mapping American social movements On this week’s show: Professor Jim Gregory on his innovative project to map American social movements online. Georgetown labor history professor Joe McCartin joins hosts Chris Garlock and…
Workers take to the streets
Sep 27, 2019 • 3 min
Six different events, but they’re all linked by one thing…Today’s labor history: 10,000 port workers locked out. Today’s labor quote by Clara Lemlich.
Strike averted at Kaiser
Sep 26, 2019 • 2 min
A agreement affects 83,000 workers in seven states – including Virginia and Maryland — as well as the District of Columbia. Today’s labor history: teachers strike in Rio de Janeiro. Today’s labor quote by Jimmy Hoffa.
Fresh momentum
Sep 25, 2019 • 2 min
“The past year has seen more strikes than we have since the 1980s.” Today’s labor history: cotton-pickers strike in Lee County, Arkansas. Today’s labor quote by Lewis Hine.
BSO musicians reach tentative contract agreement
Sep 24, 2019 • 2 min
Lockout to end after 96 days. Today’s labor history: Canada rules IWW illegal. Today’s labor quote from the IWW constitution.
DC Labor supports DC statehood
Sep 23, 2019 • 2 min
“The struggles for voting rights and workers’ rights in our nation’s capital are one and the same.” Today’s labor history: launch of the United Labor party. Today’s labor quote by Gray Davis.
Labor History Today (9/22/19): Trumka on the future of American labor
Sep 22, 2019 • 40 min
On this week’s show: “Teachers strikes, the Me Too movement, the Black Lives Matters movement, all of those are collective actions that for years you never saw; people didn’t believe in themselves. Now they know that if they’re gonna make progress, they…
A Huge Deal: Workers Win Big in California
Sep 20, 2019 • 3 min
Latest State of the Unions podcast. Today’s labor history: Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union strikes. Today’s labor quote by Israelmore Ayivor.
Classical sounds of solidarity
Sep 19, 2019 • 2 min
LaborFest Bread and Roses supports locked-out BSO musicians. Today’s labor history: Chinese coal miners forced out. Today’s labor quote by Lane Kirkland.
DMV support for UAW strike
Sep 18, 2019 • 2 min
UAW 239 picketing picketing in White Marsh, MD. Today’s labor history: arbitrator end illegal lockout of Steelworkers at Kaiser Aluminum. Today’s labor quote by Terry Dittes.
SAG-AFTRA on the role of unions in #MeToo
Sep 17, 2019 • 3 min
Carteris: “We don’t have jurisdiction outside of the workplace, but a lot of our members are being assaulted in the process of getting work.” Today’s labor history: 100,000 Pennsylvania anthracite coal miner strike. Today’s labor quote by Susan B. Anthony.
Area supermarket workers and allies rally and march for contract
Sep 16, 2019 • 2 min
“It speaks for itself that we’re out here today with such big numbers and such enthusiasm before there’s even a crisis.” Today’s labor history: Trumka elected president of the AFL-CIO. Today’s labor quote by Richard Trumka.
Labor History Today (9/15/19): Trumka on the Pittston strike
Sep 15, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s show: “You can’t know where you are going if you don’t understand where you came from.” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sits down with Labor History Today’s Joe McCartin to discuss the historic Pittston strike, which began on September 17,…
AFL-CIO’s Trumka on the historic Pittston strike
Sep 13, 2019 • 2 min
“You can’t know where you are going if you don’t understand where you came from.” Today’s labor history: remembering Attica. Today’s labor quote by John L. Lewis.
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Sep 12, 2019 • 2 min
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Sep 12, 2019 • 2 min
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Sep 12, 2019 • 3 min
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Gabrielle Carteris on the beginning of #MeToo
Sep 12, 2019 • 3 min
“It really started with some women of color who came out and nobody was really listening to them.” Today’s labor history: Jobless workers marched on grocery stores and seize food. Today’s labor quote by Steven Greenhouse.
MD state workers demand action on staffing crisis
Sep 11, 2019 • 3 min
“Chronic understaffing has meant state employees workloads have expanded to the breaking point, mandated overtime is skyrocketing, and work environments are increasingly dangerous.” Today’s labor history: coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West…
Challenger Paratransit workers reach tentative agreement
Sep 10, 2019 • 2 min
Agreement addresses major worker concerns, including lack of respect. Today’s labor history: miners gunned down by Lattimer Mine deputies. Today’s labor quote by Saul Alinsky.
Labor History Today (9/8/19): Longest – and most divisive – teacher strike in NYC history
Sep 9, 2019 • 30 min
On this week’s show: Teacher-community solidarity was the key to victory in the 2018 Los Angeles teacher’s strike, but this wasn’t the case in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Ocean Hill-Brownsville in 1968 when the longest teacher strike in New York City…
Gabrielle Carteris on the beginning of #MeToo
Sep 9, 2019 • 3 min
“It really started with some women of color who came out and nobody was really listening to them.” Today’s labor history: Boston police strike. Today’s labor quote by Steven Greenhouse.
Satnam Virdee on “Race, Class and the Politics of Solidarity”
Sep 6, 2019 • 3 min
“When we bring race back into our analysis of class, it offers us resources of hope.” Today’s labor history: Avondale Mine disaster kills 110. Today’s labor quote by Carmen Castillo.
MontCo officials want review of MetroAccess contractor
Sep 5, 2019 • 2 min
Point to performance issues at Challenger as well as an escalating labor dispute. Today’s labor history: first Labor Day parade in NYC. Today’s labor quote by E.P. Thompson.
Satnam Virdee on “Race, Class and the Politics of Solidarity” (full interview)
Sep 4, 2019 • 8 min
Professor Satnam Virdee. Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow, summarizes his keynote speech on September 4 on “Race, Class and the Politics of Solidarity” at the 2019 Working-Class Studies Association conference at the University of Kent,…
Studying the working class
Sep 4, 2019 • 2 min
At the Working-Class Studies Association conference. Today’s labor history: the longest strike in U.S. history. Today’s labor quote by John Lennon.
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Sep 4, 2019 • 6 min
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Workers still want unions, despite attacks by bosses
Sep 3, 2019 • 3 min
EPI says labor law reform needed to restore and protect workers’ rights. Today’s labor history: 25 workers die in fire at Imperial Poultry. Today’s labor quote by Lightnin’ Hopkins.
2019 WPFW Labor Day Show: Mapping American social movements online (11am-12pm)
Sep 2, 2019 • 60 min
Professor Jim Gregory: Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century Joe McCartin, professor of history at Georgetown University and executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Co-founder of the Labor…
2019 WPFW Labor Day Show: How to tip; labor Down Under; Ghost Workers (10-11am)
Sep 2, 2019 • 60 min
John Boardman: UNITE HERE Local 25: How to tip in America quiz Vanessa Seagrove: (in-studio); Assistant Secretary of Unions, New South Wales, Australia Mary Gray: co-author, “Ghost Work: How to stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass”
2019 WPFW Labor Day Show: Labor Radio/Podcast Network Roundtable (9-10am)
Sep 2, 2019 • 60 min
Hosted by Chris Garlock and Elise Bryant Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM on September 2, 2019, 8-9am Judy Ancel: Heartland Labor Forum, Kansas City Chris LaGrange: UCOMM podcast, New York City Gene Lantz: Workers Beat, Dallas, Texas Rick Smith: Rick Smith Show,…
2019 WPFW Labor Day Show: Labor music (8-9am)
Sep 2, 2019 • 60 min
Hosted by Chris Garlock and Elise Bryant Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM on September 2, 2019, 8-9am Chris and Elise spin some of their favorite labor tunes from a variety of genres. Engineering & co-DJing by Chris Bangert-Drowns
Union approval and strikes way up on Labor Day 2019
Sep 2, 2019 • 3 min
Union approval rate highest in 50 years; nearly half a million struck in 2018. Today’s labor history: mineowners bomb West Virginia strikers by plane. Today’s labor quote by Richard Trumka.
Labor History Today (9/1/19): Who inspired The Rebel Girl? Labor Feminism in the Federated Press
Sep 1, 2019 • 45 min
On this week’s show: Who really inspired Joe Hill to write “The Rebel Girl?” We dig deep into this mystery and uncover some new heroes of the American labor movement. We also explore the lives and work of five pioneering female journalists in “Labor…
WMATA paratransit workers in MontCo prepare for strike
Aug 30, 2019 • 2 min
They’ve been trying to negotiate a fair first contract for over a year. Today’s labor history: formation of the National Trades’ Union. Today’s labor quote by Franklin Roosevelt.
Remembering “The Wailin’ Mailman”
Aug 29, 2019 • 3 min
Roger Wendell “Buck” Hill walked DC’s streets delivering mail by day but at night he was a saxophonist who accompanied such greats as Miles Davis, Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie. Today’s labor history: Lusty Lady Club dancers unionize. Today’s labor quote…
Transdev workers authorize strike
Aug 28, 2019 • 2 min
Vote unanimously to strike if ongoing negotiations stall. Today’s labor history: 250,000 turn out for DC march for jobs and freedom. Today’s labor quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
DOL abruptly cancels popular apprenticeship program
Aug 27, 2019 • 3 min
“We moved nearly 5,000 people into apprenticeship…3,800 of them were from communities of color, over a thousand were women.” Today’s labor history: Truman seizes railroads to prevent a general strike. Today’s labor quote from an African proverb.
Maryland state workers demand better pay, more staffing
Aug 26, 2019 • 2 min
Some say the staffing crisis is a matter of life and death. Today’s labor history: birth of strikebreaker Allan Pinkerton. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
Labor History Today (8/25/19): Rodeo women, Frances Perkins, MLK and desegregating Glen Echo
Aug 25, 2019 • 43 min
On this week’s show: Heidi Thomas on the history of rodeo women; Frances Perkins’ labor landmarks; Common revisits MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech; labor and civil rights activists unite to desegregate Glen Echo Amusement Park. Questions, comments or…
2019.09.02 Labor Day Special Promo
Aug 23, 2019 • 1 min
Tune in from 8 am to 12 noon on Monday, September 2, as Union City Radio celebrates Labor Day with the annual “WORKERS RISING” LABOR DAY SPECIAL. We’ll be playing music about work and workers and visiting with members of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network.…
The dire need for infrastructure investment
Aug 23, 2019 • 3 min
“These are all things that we can invest in now and move forward on,” says Mike Monroe, Chief of Staff at North America’s Building Trades Unions. Today’s labor history: Farm Workers Organizing Committee chartered by AFL-CIO. Today’s labor quote by Cesar…
Latest local labor actions
Aug 22, 2019 • 2 min
Locked-out BSO musicians picket; Your Rights At Work; DC Health Justice Coalition; NoVA Labor vigil. Today’s labor history: Sacco and Vanzetti executed. Today’s labor quote by Joyce Miller.
“American Factory” film released on Netflix
Aug 21, 2019 • 3 min
Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Today’s labor history: Nat Turner’s Revolt begins. Today’s labor quote from the R.J. Phillips Band.
AFGE sues to protect federal employee speech rights
Aug 20, 2019 • 3 min
Challenges “extreme and unprecedented interpretation of the Hatch Act.” Today’s labor history: Northern Rockies firestorm kills firefighters. Today’s labor quote by Saul Alinsky.
“I never thought I would be here”
Aug 19, 2019 • 3 min
Life lessons from an immigrant who’s become an American labor leader. Today’s labor history: Striking Phelps-Dodge copper miners face state power. Today’s labor quote by Abraham Lincoln.
Labor History Today (8/18/19): Nat Turner; The Moment Was Now
Aug 18, 2019 • 24 min
On this week’s show: The R.J. Phillips Band’s “Nat Turner”; Gene Bruskin discusses his new musical play, “The Moment Was Now,” which takes place in post-civil war Baltimore in 1869, when “America almost did the right thing.” Plus an update on the fate of…
New labor musical premieres in Baltimore
Aug 16, 2019 • 2 min
“It’s about a moment when our country almost did the right thing!” Today’s labor history: Birth of Homer Martin, early UAW leader. Today’s labor quote by George Meany.
The labor movement responds to the El Paso massacre
Aug 15, 2019 • 3 min
“We have the responsibility of speaking out when we see something that isn’t fair” Today’s labor history: Remembering 1989 CWA striker Gerry Horgan. Today’s labor quote by Will Rogers.
Safeway undermined by private equity plunderers
Aug 14, 2019 • 3 min
“They’ve gamed the system so no matter what happens to the corporations they acquire, it’s ‘heads they win, tails you lose.’” Today’s labor history: Roosevelt signs Social Security Act. Today’s labor quote by Lech Walesa.
OmniRide drivers win new contract
Aug 13, 2019 • 2 min
Deal is “an example of what working people can accomplish when we stand together.” Today’s labor history: Bay Area mill employers lock out 8,000 workers. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
Stee-rike!
Aug 12, 2019 • 1 min
“It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game.” Today’s labor history: The 1994 baseball strike. Today’s labor quote by J.J. Bentley.
Fighting union-busting
Aug 9, 2019 • 1 min
“Unions remain many workers’ best hope for some bargaining power.” Today’s labor history: 1998 Bell Atlantic strike. Today’s labor quote by David Leonhardt.
Cesar Chavez and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Aug 8, 2019 • 2 min
Cesar Chavez and the Presidential Medal of Freedom “The name of the game is to talk to people.” Today’s labor history: St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly elects first African-American as president. Today’s labor quote by Cesar Chavez.
Joe Hill’s “Rebel Girl,” updated
Aug 7, 2019 • 2 min
Today’s labor history: Actors Equity recognized. Today’s labor quote from an updated version of Joe Hill’s classic “Rebel Girl.”
Remembering the 2000 Verizon strike
Aug 6, 2019 • 1 min
Today’s labor history: 18-day strike was over working conditions and union representation. Today’s labor quote by Staughton Lynd.
Roosevelt establishes National Labor Board
Aug 5, 2019 • 1 min
Today’s labor history: Roosevelt establishes the National Labor Board. Today’s labor quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Labor History Today (8/4/19): Scabby The Rat; Smoking at Work; the Which Side Are You On? remix
Aug 2, 2019 • 47 min
Labor lawyer Matt Fusco on Scabby, the giant inflatable union protest rat, which is facing extermination at the hands of the Trump labor board. Gregory Wood, author of “Clearing the Air: The Rise and Fall of Smoking in the Workplace,” and a special LHT…
What American workers want from their President
Aug 2, 2019 • 3 min
“A candidate who will use the Presidency to make our country work for working people.” Today’s labor history: Hatch Act limits fed workers’ political activities. Today’s labor quote by Florence Reece.
House acts to save pensions
Aug 1, 2019 • 3 min
Supporters urge Senate to “quickly step up to protect the pensions of over a million working people.” Today’s labor history: American Federation of Musicians strikes major American recording companies. Today’s labor quote from a 1944 transit strike.
Justice delayed, but not denied, for Kroger worker & UFCW 400 member
Jul 31, 2019 • 2 min
“It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had my union there to help me.” Today’s labor history: football and baseball strikes. Today’s labor quote by hockey player Dave Brown.
UNITE HERE’s D Taylor on learning from failure
Jul 30, 2019 • 2 min
“Our greatest victories are always in situations when we didn’t know whether we were going to win or not.” Today’s labor history: United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits. Today’s labor quote by Frank Moore Colby.
“We’re Workers, Not Robots”
Jul 29, 2019 • 2 min
“But in many ways their working conditions (at Amazon) are like if they were robots.” Today’s labor history: California grape growers sign first union contract. Today’s labor quote by Cesar Chavez.
Labor History Today (7/28/19): Plumbers train vets; MoJo goes digital
Jul 28, 2019 • 20 min
Labor History Today (7/28): Plumbers train vets; MoJo goes digital On this week’s show: The Plumbers celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Veterans in Piping Program. Labor History Today’s Patrick Dixon speaks with training specialist Mike Hazard about…
What’s wrong with America and what can be right with America
Jul 26, 2019 • 2 min
UNITE HERE’s airline food worker campaign: “We want to lift these people out of poverty to have a job where one job should be enough.” Today’s labor history: The “Battle of the Viaduct.” Today’s labor quote by 1877 railroad strikers.
With political support, airline food workers take struggle public
Jul 25, 2019 • 3 min
“One job should be enough!” is their rallying cry. Today’s labor history: First U.S. general strike takes place in St. Louis. Today’s labor quote by Liz Shuler.
Fighting for nurses and patients at Johns Hopkins
Jul 24, 2019 • 3 min
“We want to send a message to Johns Hopkins management: people over profits!” Today’s labor history: 10-year anniversary of last minimum wage increase. Today’s labor quote from Fight for $15.
Support airline catering workers today
Jul 23, 2019 • 2 min
Supporters will rally in solidarity at National Airport at 4:30p. Today’s labor history: Michigan copper miners strike. Today’s labor quote by Alexander Berkman.
Trumka on good union jobs
Jul 22, 2019 • 2 min
“Sixty million people want to join a union.” Today’s labor history: brewery workers unionize. Today’s labor quote by Heywood Broun.
Huge rally Saturday at Hopkins for patients and nurses
Jul 19, 2019 • 2 min
Pressing hospital officials to end their deplorable practice of suing low-income community patients and their families for medical debt, and to respect the rights of its RNs to form a union. Today’s labor history: Women’s Rights Convention opens. Today’s…
Voices on Trade: Steelworker Mark Fernapsis
Jul 18, 2019 • 2 min
“We didn’t lose jobs; you lost people.” Today’s labor history: Chicago stockyard workers strike. Today’s labor quote by Mary Moultrie.
Rich Trumka on getting the new NAFTA right
Jul 17, 2019 • 3 min
“It’s time for those negotiators to go back to the table and hammer out an agreement that’s good for working people across the country.” Today’s labor history: the Port Chicago Mutiny. Today’s labor quote by Joseph Small.
Liz Shuler on “The future of work”
Jul 16, 2019 • 2 min
“Working people should be included in every conversation.” Today’s labor history: SF Longshoreman’s strike spreads into general strike. Today’s labor quote by Harriet Tubman.
Voices on Trade: Steelworker Jack Sablitch
Jul 15, 2019 • 3 min
“You can’t make it on a Walmart paycheck.” Today’s labor history: Strikers shut down U.S. steel mills. Today’s labor quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Labor History Today (7/14/19): Why SF wants to “Paint It Black”
Jul 15, 2019 • 17 min
On this week’s show: Robert Cherney on the genesis of the San Francisco Board of Education’s decision to paint over New Deal murals. Eleanor Mahoney’s new feature on labor landmarks. Questions, comments or suggestions welcome, and to find out how you can…
2019 Executive Paywatch report: Not a pretty picture
Jul 11, 2019 • 2 min
CEO-to-worker pay ratio now 287 to 1. Today’s labor history: striking coal miners dynamite housing for management thugs. Today’s labor quote by Sidney Hillman.
Liz Shuler on young people and the labor movement
Jul 10, 2019 • 2 min
“We need their voices now. We need their expertise now.” Today’s labor history: troops put down Pullman Strike. Today’s labor quote by Mary McLeod Bethune.
OPEIU launches campaign to organize nonprofit staff
Jul 9, 2019 • 3 min
Union works to “make our legal services and advocacy nonprofits more inclusive, accountable, and effective.” Today’s labor history: NYC subway workers fight speed-up. Today’s labor quote by Ken Riley.
DC a “hotbed” for transit organizing
Jul 8, 2019 • 2 min
More than 1,500 transit workers have joined the Amalgamated Transit Union. Today’s labor history: IWW wraps up founding convention. Today’s labor quote by Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor.
Labor History Today (7/7/19): You Can’t Eat Coal: Women’s Social Justice Activism in Appalachia
Jul 7, 2019 • 39 min
On this week’s show: The recent history of feminist social justice activism in Appalachia; Working History podcast host Beth English interviews Jessica Wilkerson, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, on her…
Liz Shuler on this moment for collective action
Jul 5, 2019 • 2 min
“People are finally connecting the dots that coming together is more powerful.” Today’s labor history: the Battle of Rincon Hill. Today’s labor quote by Robert Wagner.
Contemplating the meaning of America
Jul 4, 2019 • 3 min
Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter, Angie Valeria, Bev Grant’s “Bones in the Desert” and “The House I Live In.” Bones in the Desert by Bev Grant https://youtu.be/F20BYwCwXJ4
Challenger bus drivers unanimously authorize strike
Jul 3, 2019 • 2 min
“This is a ‘Fight for 40’ - forty hours a week. We will settle for nothing less.” Today’s labor history: children working in Paterson silk mills strike. Today’s labor quote by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Convention Center food and beverage workers authorize strike
Jul 2, 2019 • 2 min
“They have been replacing us with non-union workers and machines. I feel betrayed.” Today’s labor history: anti-union Sam Walton opens his first store. Today’s labor quote by Barack Obama.
Liz Shuler on modernizing the labor movement
Jul 1, 2019 • 2 min
“There’s no doubt there’s going to be massive change going forward.” Today’s labor history: Arizona copper miners strike. Today’s labor quote by Bennie Martin.
Labor History Today (6/30/19): Revisiting Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art
Jun 30, 2019 • 64 min
On this week’s show: Robert Cherny on Victor Arnautoff, the Russian-born artist who reigned as San Francisco’s leading mural painter during the New Deal era. The San Francisco Board of Education voted this week to paint over one of his most famous murals.…
Eulen airport workers strike at National Airport
Jun 28, 2019 • 2 min
Protesting health and safety concerns, wage theft and belittlement by supervisors. Today’s labor history: Labor Day declared a national holiday. Today’s labor quote by Gene Debs.
Liz Shuler on connecting the dots
Jun 27, 2019 • 2 min
People are finally connecting the dots that coming together is more powerful, especially when you’re in a union. Today’s labor history: 26,000 NYC hotel workers strike. Today’s labor quote by Emma Goldman.
ATU’S Larry Hanley celebrated
Jun 26, 2019 • 3 min
Union leaders and members came “not just to mourn Larry’s loss, but to celebrate his life and legacy.” Today’s labor history: U.S. Supreme Court rules that state and local public-sector unions cannot require nonunion members to pay for union work on their…
BSO lockout continues; 2 noontime DC rallies today
Jun 25, 2019 • 3 min
BSO lockout picketline update, plus “No Vote Until NAFTA 2.0 is Fixed!” and “Stop the Merger of OPM and GSA!” Today’s labor history: Decatur police pepper-gassed locked-out A.E. Staley workers. Today’s labor quote by August Spies.
The problem with the HRC Corporate Equality Index
Jun 24, 2019 • 3 min
“They give 90s to companies like Walmart that treat their employees terribly.” Today’s labor history: Birth of Glove Workers Union president Agnes Nestor. Today’s labor quote by Albert Parsons.
Labor History Today (6/23/19): Circus workers of the world, unite!
Jun 23, 2019 • 58 min
On this week’s show: A rollicking hour with former union clowns Murray Horwitz and Chris Bricker; both were graduates of the Ringling College of Clowns, Class of 1971 and went on to become professional clowns and then union reps at the Ringling Brothers &…
Day 5 of the BSO Lock-Out
Jun 21, 2019 • 2 min
Latest picketing schedule, plus how to support BSO musicians. Today’s labor history: 100,000 march in support of Detroit newspaper strike. Today’s labor quote by Abraham Lincoln.
Locked out BSO musicians: tails to t-shirts
Jun 20, 2019 • 3 min
“People don’t give you money because you need it…people give you money if you inspire them.” Today’s labor history: KKK attacks striking African-American auto workers. Today’s labor quote by Harry Truman.
“On Equal Terms” showcases tradeswomen
Jun 19, 2019 • 3 min
Exhibit brings viewers into the experiences of women who work in construction and skilled trades. Today’s labor history: Rubber workers pioneer the sit-down strike. Today’s labor quote by Sam Gompers.
Baltimore Symphony Musicians locked out
Jun 18, 2019 • 2 min
Say they’ll continue to fight to preserve the world-class orchestra. Today’s labor history: proposed March on Washington prompts desegregation in war industries. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
Pride At Work’s continuing fight for justice
Jun 17, 2019 • 2 min
In more than half of this country, workers work in a place where they could be fired for being gay if they don’t have a union contract. Today’s labor history: birth of the United Steelworkers of America. Today’s labor quote by Susan B. Anthony.
Labor History Today (6/16/19): A Tale of Two Strikes (Part 2)
Jun 16, 2019 • 51 min
On this week’s show: The conclusion of our discussion with Clint Burelson and Len Shindel about two historic strikes back in 1970: one by 150 Garrett County roads workers in western Maryland, the other a massive wildcat by 200,000 postal workers. Also…
The Battle of Century City
Jun 14, 2019 • 2 min
Extended labor history edition, including passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act. Today’s labor quote by Eugene Debs.
Today’s labor calendar
Jun 13, 2019 • 2 min
Your Rights At Work, Justice for Janitors and the Farmworker Justice Award Reception. Today’s labor history: founding of the American Railway Union. Today’s labor quote by Tony Mazzocchi.
Great Labor Arts Exchange coming up
Jun 12, 2019 • 2 min
Weekend of labor arts June 20-23. Today’s labor history: 50,000 butchers walk out. Today’s labor quote by Doctor John.
A conversation with Robert Tsai
Jun 11, 2019 • 2 min
Author of the bestseller “Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation.” Today’s labor history: Labor unity conference fails. Today’s labor quote by John L. Lewis.
Nurses’ right to unionize affirmed in Hopkins settlement
Jun 10, 2019 • 2 min
“This settlement makes clear that nurses have the right to form a union.” Today’s labor history: unions legalized in Canada. Today’s labor quote by John F. Kennedy.
Pride Month Profiles: Miriam Frank
Jun 7, 2019 • 3 min
Author of “Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America.” Today’s labor history: Retail Clerks and Meatcutters merge into UFCW. Today’s labor quote from “Pageant of the Paterson Strike.”
Rep. Andy Levin on class vs. identity politics
Jun 6, 2019 • 3 min
“We need all working people to unite.” Today’s labor history: general strike shuts down Lansing. Today’s labor quote by Harry Truman and Musicians President James Petrillo
Honoring our unions, protecting the free press
Jun 5, 2019 • 2 min
“These workers are only doing their jobs to inform the people.” Today’s labor history: GM strike shuts plants for 7 weeks. Today’s labor quote by Paul Clark.
Boots Riley – and a DC union — help SLFS staff unionize
Jun 4, 2019 • 2 min
“I recently went through the same organizing process that you are now enduring. But I can tell you with certainty that it is worth it, every bit of it.” Today’s labor history: Massachusetts establishes minimum wage. Today’s labor quote from the California…
The problems with the new NAFTA
Jun 3, 2019 • 3 min
Rep. Levin: “Any trade agreement has to be so strong that we know that the changes we need would carry on.” Today’s labor history: ILGWU founded. Today’s labor quote by Matthew Woll.
Labor History Today (6/2/19): A Tale of Two Strikes (Part 1)
Jun 2, 2019 • 31 min
On this week’s show: We explore two historic 1970 strikes: the wildcat by 200,000 postal workers and a strike by 150 Garrett County roads workers in western MD. Questions, comments or suggestions welcome, and to find out how you can be a part of Labor…
Transit union says Metro shutdowns leave passengers “stranded and in danger”
May 31, 2019 • 2 min
“The inevitable result of attempts to privatize and contract out work.” Today’s labor history: White autoworkers walk off the job after Black workers promoted. Today’s labor quote from “Rosie the Riveter”.
A union organizer goes to Washington
May 30, 2019 • 3 min
An interview with Michigan Congressman Andy Levin. Today’s labor history: building trades finish Ground Zero cleanup ahead of schedule. Today’s labor quote by Howard Fast.
Workers, community rally to save UMC
May 29, 2019 • 2 min
“Not to beg, not to bargain, we are demanding that UMC be kept open!” Today’s labor history: Disney animators strike for union. Today’s labor quote by Cesar Chavez.
Why nurses don’t “stay in their lane”
May 28, 2019 • 2 min
“We know that all of these issues including issues around racial and gender and equity have a direct impact on everyone’s health.” Today’s labor history: General strike in Rochester, NY. Today’s labor quote in honor of The Ladies Shoe Binders Society.
Labor History Today (5/26/19): Father Thomas Hagerty and the IWW
May 27, 2019 • 34 min
On this week’s show: The largely unknown story of Father Thomas Hagerty, the “May Day Saint” who helped found the IWW. Plus: the recent Uber and Lyft strikes inspire a search for photos of the 1965 taxi strike in New York City. Questions, comments or…
Union Veterans Council unites vets
May 27, 2019 • 2 min
Fighting every day for those who have fought for us. Today’s labor history: SCOTUS says NRA unconstitutional. Today’s labor quote by Tae Yoo.
Union-made Memorial Day
May 25, 2019 • 3 min
Barbecue essentials made by ethical companies who give their workers a voice on the job. Today’s labor history: striking Rubber Workers return to work. Today’s labor quote by Philip Murray.
Metro AFL-CIO affiliate updates
May 23, 2019 • 2 min
Contract ratifications and plans for major action in June. Today’s labor history: Philadelphia textile strike. Today’s labor quote by Jim Hightower.
Nurses organize for patients and profession
May 22, 2019 • 3 min
“We can’t just continue to do the good work that we’re doing on behalf of patients unless we’re actually building a stronger union.” Today’s labor history: the Battle of Toledo. Today’s labor quote by Harry S. Truman.
Alexandria’s DASH bus drivers reach contract, avert strike
May 21, 2019 • 2 min
Thanks to “tremendous support from the Alexandria labor and political community.” Today’s labor history: 100,000 strike SBC Communications. Today’s labor quote by Eugene V. Debs.
NNU’s Castillo on confronting the health care crisis
May 20, 2019 • 2 min
“Nurses don’t turn away from a crisis. They go toward it. Today’s labor history: first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions. Today’s labor quote by “Big Bill” Haywood.
Report: Hopkins hounding patients
May 17, 2019 • 2 min
“For a wealthy hospital like Johns Hopkins to hound economically distressed patients for even minor medical debt is unconscionable and disgraceful,” says NNU President Zenei Cortez, RN. Today’s labor history: Starbucks baristas in NYC join the IWW.…
#BuildForTomorrow
May 16, 2019 • 3 min
Time to rebuild and modernize America’s infrastructure. Today’s labor history: Minneapolis general strike. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
SMART Army steps up in PG County
May 15, 2019 • 3 min
“It’s all about helping our neighbors.” Today’s labor history: SCOTUS upholds right to boycott. Today’s labor quote by T-Bone Slim.
Why non-union members should care about trade
May 14, 2019 • 2 min
“In the end, we’re all subject to the same forces.” Today’s labor history: Milwaukee brewery workers begin 10-week strike. Today’s labor quote by Shirley Chisholm.
Victories, political action and mobilization focus of NE district meeting
May 13, 2019 • 3 min
“The American labor movement is more vibrant and relevant than ever.” Today’s labor history: NYC cab drivers stage 1-day strike. Today’s labor quote by Doug Fraser.
Labor History Today (5/12/19): Clowns at work
May 12, 2019 • 40 min
On this week’s show: By definition, clowns are not to be taken seriously; their job is to clown around. Mike Funt talks about the work of clowns. Plus: Julie Greene on the Labor and Working-Class History Association, whose conference is coming up May…
Sanders campaign workers ok contract, make history
May 10, 2019 • 3 min
Plus: Remembering Amalgamated Transit Union president Lawrence J. Hanley. Today’s labor history: completion of nation’s first transcontinental railway line, built by immigrants. Today’s labor quote by Larry Hanley.
Raise your voice for health justice
May 9, 2019 • 3 min
DC Health Justice Coalition hosts rally at 10a today at Wilson Building. Today’s labor history: Louis B. Mayer recognizes the Screen Actors Guild. Today’s labor quote by Walter Reuther.
Ride share drivers strike today
May 8, 2019 • 3 min
“I just won’t drive…We need better, better pay.” Today’s labor history: Brotherhood of the Footboard ratifies contract. Today’s labor quote by the Brotherhood of the Footboard.
UFCW 1994 celebrates silver anniversary
May 7, 2019 • 3 min
“The union that makes Montgomery County go!” Today’s labor history: Philadelphia’s longest transit strike ends. Today’s labor quote by The Future of (Guest) Work Migrant Women Delegation.
Labor History Today (5/5/19): The Haymarket Massacre/Riot/Affair; Pete Seeger at 100
May 5, 2019 • 43 min
On this week’s show: Timothy Messer-Kruse on “The enduring power of the Haymarket Square bomb: uncovering the hidden history of a failed revolutionary uprising in America.” From the Our Daily Worker/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag series at Michigan State…
Postal workers serve the community
May 3, 2019 • 3 min
Postal workers serve the community “If they could walk in our shoes then they would understand why we are so against the privatizing of the Postal Service.” Today’s labor history: 400 black women working as tobacco stemmers walk off the job in Richmond.…
New NAFTA “Not good enough”
May 3, 2019 • 3 min
“We haven’t learned as much as we should have from the first NAFTA.” Today’s labor history: four striking workers killed, 200 wounded, when police attack Chicago demonstration. Today’s labor quote by Pete Seeger.
Alexandria’s DASH bus drivers authorize strike
May 2, 2019 • 3 min
“These drivers demand to be paid fairly and treated with respect and dignity.” Today’s labor history: Chicago’s first Trades Assembly sponsors a general strike. Today’s labor quote by Richard Trevellick.
2019 DC LaborFest launches today
May 1, 2019 • 3 min
Monthlong festival celebrates contributions of working men and women through films, music, art, history, and radio. Today’s labor history: 8-hour movement begins May Day tradition. Today’s labor quote by Mother Jones.
Labor History Today (4/28/19): Field of (broken) dreams; “Troubled Waters”
Apr 30, 2019 • 24 min
On this week’s show: Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper recently turned down $300 million to stay in DC in favor of $330 million to move 150 miles north to Philadelphia. Most professional baseball players don’t have to make this kind of agonizing…
Johns Hopkins Hospital named to “2019 Dirty Dozen” list
Apr 30, 2019 • 3 min
Cited for a “consistent disregard for safety principles.” Today’s labor history: 109 killed at Everettville mine explosion. Today’s labor quote by Barack Obama.
Union wins justice for laundry worker
Apr 29, 2019 • 3 min
UFCW 400 member wins grievance, receives back pay. Today’s labor history: Coxey’s Army arrives in DC. Today’s labor quote by Jacob S. Coxey.
Baltimore Sun staffers employ novel pitch for pay raises
Apr 26, 2019 • 3 min
Reporters posted pictures holding green balloons with an upward-pointing arrow and the words “Rai$e Our Pay Now.” Today’s labor history: U.S. Army seizes Montgomery Ward after management defies the National Labor Relations Board. Today’s labor quote by…
“Fully fund DC’s public schools now!”
Apr 25, 2019 • 3 min
The effects of this neglect will be felt for years to come. Today’s labor history: Times calls struggle for an 8-hour workday “un-American.” Today’s labor quote by Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.
1 week to 2019 DC LaborFest
Apr 24, 2019 • 3 min
Annual festival celebrates workers and their issues through the arts throughout the month of May. Today’s labor history: 1,129 workers killed in Bangladesh clothing factory collapse. Today’s labor quote by Mumia Abu-Jamal.
UFCW announces tentative agreement for Stop & Shop workers
Apr 23, 2019 • 3 min
“A powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want.” Today’s labor history: Canadian Labour Congress founded. Today’s labor quote by Stop and Shop striker Ida Mae…
On-demand, ride-hail drivers face debt, danger, says study
Apr 22, 2019 • 2 min
“So full of gamification elements that it resembles a casino in which the gamblers – the drivers – often lose.” Today’s labor history: the Red Jacket Coal disaster. Today’s labor quote by Stop and Shop striker Kristen Johnson.
Labor History Today (4/21/19): The 1969 Charleston hospital workers’ strike
Apr 21, 2019 • 39 min
On this week’s show: Fifty years ago, Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others were arrested while picketing a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina in a demand for union recognition. Charleston was – and still is — a notoriously difficult place to…
Stop & Shop deli manager Kristin Johnson: “Why I’m on strike”
Apr 19, 2019 • 3 min
“This is affecting every worker, every blue collar worker in America right now at this very moment.” Today’s labor history: the Great Furniture Strike. Today’s labor quote by Kristin Johnson.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: It’s personal
Apr 18, 2019 • 3 min
“I remember us going to get food from the food bank…” Today’s labor history: West Virginia coal miners strike, defend themselves against the National Guard. Today’s labor quote by Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
ATU blasts plan to ‘privatize’ DC Metro
Apr 17, 2019 • 2 min
Privatizing “would cut service to Metro’s hundreds of thousands of daily riders.” Today’s labor history: deadly explosion at West Texas fertilizer plant kills 15. Today’s labor quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Support growing for Stop & Shop strike
Apr 16, 2019 • 2 min
Unions “stand in unbreakable solidarity with our sisters and brothers in New England.” Today’s labor history: activists blockade D.C. meetings of the World Bank and IMF. Today’s labor quote by Ben Grosscup.
UFCW calls Shoppers’ plans to close pharmacies “frustrating”
Apr 15, 2019 • 3 min
“The lack of information has only made things worse.” Today’s labor history: American Federation of Teachers founded. Today’s labor quote by A. Philip Randolph.
Labor History Today (4/14/19): The Lattimer Massacre Memorial and the God and Country Parade
Apr 14, 2019 • 41 min
On this week’s show: Paul Shackel’s fascinating tale of “How a 1897 Massacre of Pennsylvania Coal Miners Morphed From a Galvanizing Crisis to Forgotten History.” And in this week’s “Cool Things from the Meany Labor Archives,” Ben, Allan and Chloe explore…
Laborers protest asbestos exposure in Fairfax
Apr 12, 2019 • 3 min
Workers fear being fired for speaking out. Today’s labor history: the “Battle of Toledo.” Today’s labor quote from “Which Side Are You On?”
Vireo Health workers join UFCW
Apr 11, 2019 • 2 min
“It’s exciting to know that we will have job security and the power to bargain.” Today’s labor history: EEOC prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Today’s labor quote by Jackie Robinson.
TSA union condemns workplace bullying
Apr 10, 2019 • 3 min
“There is absolutely no place for this kind of behavior in the workplace.” Today’s labor history: tens of thousands of immigrants demonstrate in 100 U.S. cities. Today’s labor quote by Dolores Huerta.
History of the Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive
Apr 9, 2019 • 2 min
“In the last 26 years it just has increased and increased.” Today’s labor history: IWW organizes the Leviathan. Today’s labor quote by Henry McGuckin.
MD lawmakers demand Johns Hopkins respect nurses’ rights
Apr 8, 2019 • 2 min
“Not only is union-busting wrong, it is counterproductive to the mission of the hospital.” Today’s labor history: Truman illegally orders U.S. Army to seize steel mills. Today’s labor quote by Vince Lombardi.
Labor History Today (4/7/19): Coors boycott; Heather Berg on SESTA and FOSTA
Apr 8, 2019 • 48 min
On this week’s show: Labor and employment lawyer Steve Nutter on the Coors boycott and strike, and Dr. Heather Berg with an historical perspective on recent legislation that has already had a profound impact on the economy of sex workers. Interviews by…
Teachers circulate petition to fully fund DC schools
Apr 5, 2019 • 3 min
Warn neighborhood schools “will lose real-dollars funding.” Today’s labor history: Big Branch Mine explosion kills 29 miners, worst in 40 years. Today’s labor quote by Rose Schneiderman.
AFSCME members sticking with their union
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
“We remind our members that this is their union.” Today’s labor history: Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated while supporting sanitation workers’ strike. Today’s labor quote from The Labor Review.
MLK on getting out of slavery
Apr 3, 2019 • 3 min
“When the slaves get together, that’s the beginning of getting out of slavery.” Today’s labor history: 20,000 textile mill strikers gather in Paterson, N.J. Today’s labor quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
Equal Pay Day (Un)Happy Hour
Apr 2, 2019 • 2 min
Network with others who are fighting for pay equity and worker justice. Today’s labor history: SCOTUS says minimum wage for women is unconstitutional. Today’s labor quote by Patricia Arquette.
It could happen
Apr 1, 2019 • 2 min
Congress raises minimum wage, Trump bans “free riders,” NLRB okays card check. Today’s labor history: longest newspaper strike ends. Today’s labor quote by John L. Lewis.
Labor History Today (3/31/19): The Soldiers of Pole
Mar 31, 2019 • 25 min
On this week’s show: Dr. Heather Berg on the Soldiers of Pole, a union of erotic dancers in Los Angeles, who’ve been making headlines recently for a number of high-profile actions targeting strip clubs where they’ve been challenging the terms of their…
Legal clinic for union workers with TPS
Mar 29, 2019 • 3 min
Working Families United is hosting a legal clinic this Sunday. Today’s labor history: The “Battle of Wall Street.” Today’s labor quote by Harry Bridges.
Blue Collar Caucus: Rep Marc Veasey on income inequality
Mar 28, 2019 • 3 min
“The capitalism of today isn’t the same capitalism of yesterday.” Today’s labor history: Gas House Workers’ Union leads first strike against a public utility. Today’s labor quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Giant Food worker wins grievance, keeps job, gets back pay
Mar 27, 2019 • 3 min
“Oh my God, it felt like heaven.” Today’s labor history: Mother Jones kicked out of Colorado. Today’s labor quote by Mother Jones.
Blue Collar Caucus: Rep Marc Veasey on listening to the people
Mar 26, 2019 • 2 min
“people really do want their voices and their ideas heard.” Today’s labor history: San Francisco brewery workers strike. Today’s labor quote by Henry Edward Manning.
Maryland heading for $15, despite GOP Gov. Hogan
Mar 25, 2019 • 3 min
State legislature passed the $15 minimum wage hike by veto-proof margins. Today’s labor history: first “Poor People’s March” on Washington. Today’s labor quote by poet Chris Llewelyn.
Labor History Today (3/24/19): Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art
Mar 24, 2019 • 61 min
On this week’s show: Robert Cherney on Victor Arnautoff, the Russian-born artist who reigned as San Francisco’s leading mural painter during the New Deal era. And on this week’s “Cool things from the George Meany Labor Archives,” Alan, Chloe and Ben…
DC and Nigerian healthcare workers exchange views
Mar 22, 2019 • 2 min
Discuss common labor issues, as well as differences. Today’s labor history: 6-year UAW strike at Caterpillar ends. Today’s labor quote by Mark Twain.
Blue Collar Caucus: A conversation with Rep. Brendan Boyle
Mar 21, 2019 • 3 min
“Anytime we’ve made real social progress as a country it is getting people…lower income…working class…whether they be white, black, Hispanic, Asian, various mixed ethnicities…to realize that they come together…” Today’s labor history: birth of women’s…
DC teachers “Wearing red for education”
Mar 20, 2019 • 2 min
“Our students deserve the best educational opportunities possible.” Today’s labor history: Michigan authorizes workers’ cooperatives. Today’s labor quote by Robert Owen.
Bernie Sanders campaign workers unionize
Mar 19, 2019 • 3 min
“Not only talking the talk but actually walking the walk when it comes to (Sanders) commitment to uphold the right of every worker to bargain collectively.” Today’s labor history: NYC moves to seize Fifth Avenue Coach during strike. Today’s labor quote by…
Teen Vogue’s Kim Kelly on rejecting the status quo
Mar 18, 2019 • 3 min
“It’s part of a broader shift in younger people having access to the internet and having access to more ideas and more education and seeing what the world is like right now.” Today’s labor history: Postal workers strike. Today’s labor quote by Barack…
Labor History Today (3/17/19): The Strange Career of “the Working Class”
Mar 17, 2019 • 39 min
On this week’s show: Robyn Leigh Muncy, whose article “The Strange Career of ‘the Working Class’ in US Political Culture Since the 1950s” was published in the December issue of “Labor: Studies in Working Class History.” Professor Muncy is Director of the…
DC COPE hosts conversation with Silverman
Mar 15, 2019 • 2 min
The DC Councilmember talked with workers and union leaders about a broad spectrum of issues. Today’s labor history: Painters union founded. Today’s labor quote by Painters founder John T. “Jack” Elliott.
Touring Washington’s murals with Elissa & Toni
Mar 14, 2019 • 3 min
“This showed (Robeson) supporting worker rights…” Today’s labor history: classic Salt of the Earth opens. Today’s labor quote by Noam Chomsky.
“Wheels are off at Wells Fargo” say workers
Mar 13, 2019 • 2 min
Toxic, high-pressure sales culture is coming back. Today’s labor history: “rat” makes its first appearance. Today’s labor quote from The Trenton Times.
“Count us in,” say women in the trades
Mar 12, 2019 • 3 min
“I’m living proof that we can do this, that we can be successful, that this is a viable option for us,” Today’s labor history: the “Bread and Roses” textile strike end in victory. Today’s labor quote from Lane Kirkland.
A conversation with Teen Vogue labor columnist Kim Kelly
Mar 11, 2019 • 3 min
“I think we need to show people that they can make a huge difference by doing small things.” Today’s labor history: Luddites smashed 63 “labor saving” textile machines. Today’s labor quote from Chumbawamba.
Labor History Today (3/10/19): Novelist Wiley Cash on “The Last Ballad” and the Loray Mill Strike
Mar 10, 2019 • 34 min
On this week’s show: Working History’s Beth English interviews award-winning New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash. His novel, The Last Ballad, explores the complexities of southern class, race, and gender relations against the backdrop of the 1929…
AFT accuses Chavez Schools of violating federal law
Mar 8, 2019 • 3 min
“Exhibit A in how unregulated charters routinely ignore transparency and accountability.” Today’s labor history: Fur and Leather Workers Union members strike. Today’s labor quote by Rose Omamo.
WTU settles “excessed” teachers case
Mar 7, 2019 • 2 min
Teachers will be getting over $5 million in back pay. Today’s labor history: unemployed auto workers demanding jobs are shot. Today’s labor quote by Lucy Parsons.
Attack on 71-year-old nurse shows need for anti-violence-at-work bill
Mar 6, 2019 • 3 min
The nurse suffered a badly bruised face and two fractured ribs. Today’s labor history: Sailors’ Union of the Pacific founded. Today’s labor quote by Joe Hill.
Labor History Today (3/3/19): Organizing Babeland
Mar 5, 2019 • 30 min
On this week’s show: Lena Solow on an organizing campaign in an unusual workplace: Babeland, a family owned store that specializes in sex toys. We also visit with Maritime Trades Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan to find out how the Seamen’s Act…
“New generation” highlighted at Evening With Labor
Mar 5, 2019 • 2 min
“We can meet those challenges…If we are courageous, committed and compassionate.” Today’s labor history: British soldiers help spark Revolution by taking the jobs of working people. Today’s labor quote by Richard Gephardt.
Union warns of lead and asbestos removal dangers
Mar 5, 2019 • 2 min
Company fired two workers for raising safety concerns. Today’s labor history: Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins first female cabinet member in U.S. history. Today’s labor quote by Thomas Jefferson.
Stagehands win right to organize PSAV riggers
Mar 1, 2019 • 3 min
“You really have to know what you’re doing, because people can die.” Today’s labor history: strike marks beginnings of the National Maritime Union. Today’s labor quote from Popular Science magazine.
On “Opportunity for all” and Hattie McDaniel speaks
Feb 28, 2019 • 4 min
“Nobody knows anybody is different until someone tells them.” Today’s labor history: Chinese Ladies Garment Workers Union workers strike. Today’s labor quote by actress Hattie McDaniel, from her speech at the 1940 Academy Awards, where she accepted the…
WHC RNS overwhelmingly approve contract
Feb 27, 2019 • 2 min
“This is a huge win for us and our patients.” Today’s labor history: workers and customers occupy a Detroit Woolworth’s. Today’s labor quote by John Steinbeck.
Painters president Kenneth Rigmaiden on making history
Feb 26, 2019 • 3 min
“I was the only African American…person of color…on the podium.” Today’s labor history: Southern California supermarket workers end strike. Today’s labor quote by Abraham Lincoln.
Standing up for unjustly fired Hopkins nurse Vivian Obijekwu
Feb 25, 2019 • 3 min
“I will not be silenced.” Today’s labor history: Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America becomes ATU. Today’s labor quote by Larry Hanley.
Labor History Today (2/24/19): Celebrating Black History Month, Part 2
Feb 24, 2019 • 19 min
On this week’s show: William P. Jones on “The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South,” plus a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to AFL-CIO urging the formation of a “Committee on Inquiry Into the Administration of…
East End Hospital Campaign targets Bowser
Feb 22, 2019 • 2 min
Deal would exclude recognition of hospital unions. Today’s labor history: United Mine Workers settle Pittston strike. Today’s labor quote by Harriet Hanson Robinson.
MontCo workers reach agreement
Feb 22, 2019 • 3 min
Plus: DASH drivers finally in talks. Today’s labor history: West Virginia teachers strike, win. Today’s labor quote by the People’s Party.
Shutdown showed need for CSA’s Emergency Assistance Fund
Feb 21, 2019 • 3 min
Fund “helps workers stay in their homes, keep the lights on and food on their tables.” Today’s labor history: California passes 8-hour day. Today’s labor quote by Cesar Chavez.
U.S. unions bring solidarity to striking Mexican workers
Feb 19, 2019 • 2 min
The strike wave has spread beyond the factories to supermarkets and other employers. Today’s labor history: Farm Labor Organizing Committee signed an agreement with Campbell Soup. Today’s labor quote by Sue Carney.
Labor History Today (2/17/19): Celebrating Black History Month
Feb 18, 2019 • 32 min
On this week’s show: William P. Jones on “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History Of Civil Rights,” plus a 1961 memo to George Meany about the Freedom Rides, and a confidential “report on union racial progress.” Interviews by…
Kooper Caraway on young people and unions
Feb 18, 2019 • 2 min
“All you have to do is give young people the information and let them know that forming a union is an option.” Today’s labor history: Fire fighters organize. Today’s labor quote by Frederick Douglass.
House pushes pro-worker legislation
Feb 15, 2019 • 2 min
Workplace Fairness Act and Employee Free Choice Act. Today’s labor history: Civil Works Emergency Relief Act alleviates Depression poverty. Today’s labor quote by Susan B. Anthony.
NNU files another charge against Johns Hopkins Hospital
Feb 14, 2019 • 2 min
“Hopkins has…retaliated against nurses when we try to advocate for our patients.” Today’s labor history: Western Federation of Miners strikes for the 8-hour day. Today’s labor quote by William Sylvis.
On combating alienation
Feb 13, 2019 • 3 min
“Most folks are engaged in the same struggle.” Today’s labor history: Victory by the Sons of Vulcan. Today’s labor quote by Lowell Peterson.
St. Elizabeth’s nurses demand action on safety
Feb 12, 2019 • 2 min
Union says injuries are preventable. Feds and supporters march on U.S. Capitol. Today’s labor history: birth of John L. Lewis. Today’s labor quote by Frederick Douglass.
Labor History Today (2/10/19): “Documenting the now” during the Trump shutdown
Feb 10, 2019 • 31 min
On this week’s show: With the looming possibility of yet another government shutdown on Friday, labor archivist Ben Blake talks about efforts to “document the now” during the recent shutdown, and political science professor Marissa Martino Golden reveals…
DC’S JW Marriott engineers join IUOE 99
Feb 9, 2019 • 2 min
“It is really a testament to their solidarity.” Today’s labor history: Memphis sanitation workers launch strike. Today’s labor quote by Mother Jones.
Kooper Caraway on the “Exploitation Economy”
Feb 8, 2019 • 3 min
“No one likes the side hustle economy. Nobody likes being exploited”…Today’s labor history: Kurt Stand on Joe McCarthy’s red-baiting attacks on federal workers and unions. Today’s labor quote by T Bone Slim.
The state of the union is…
Feb 7, 2019 • 2 min
Trump has overseen a wide-ranging and deeply harmful assault on the rights, dignities and livelihoods of working people. Here are just a few of the president’s worst anti-worker actions…Today’s labor history: Firefighters battle The Great Baltimore Fire.…
The General Strike: Back to the Future?
Feb 6, 2019 • 3 min
Film and discussion tonight at K Street Busboys. Today’s labor history: The 1919 Seattle General Strike. Today’s labor quote by Hayat Khomssi.
Reporting progress, UFCW 1994 cancels rally
Feb 5, 2019 • 3 min
“If bargaining stalls again, we will ring the bell and we know members will answer the call.” Today’s labor history: release of Chaplin’s classic “Modern Times.” Today’s labor quote by Charlie Chaplin.