Today in Labor History: August 28
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech march—is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating. The AFL-CIO did not endorse the march, but several affiliated unions did – 1963
(Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington: Written for 5 to 8 year-olds, this is a very nice introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, that watershed event in the fight for civil rights. It uses the March as a point of reference as it talks about segregation in America and the battle for equal rights.)
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Labor Humor: Last Wish
Corinne had worked for Robert for thirty-five years. She had never received more than minimum wage and never had a paid day off in all her working years. She had aged in the job in more ways than one.
The day came when she lay dying in the hospital. Robert came to pay his respects. As he leaned over her pale face she whispered to him, “I have one request of you, Robert. Please satisfy this last wish of mine.” He replied, “I will if I am able, Corinne. What is it?”
“Hire Brittany to fill my position.”
Robert thought a minute and then said, “OK, but I thought you hated Brittany?”
With her last breath Corinne replied, “I do.”
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