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December 14, 2019

On This Day in 1924
Samuel Gompers died at the age of 74. Gompers served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 to his death. What does labor want? Gompers said, We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more constant work and less crime; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful and childhood more happy and bright.”
- Voices of Labor

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Striking Workers Sound the Alarm on Privatizing DC Public Transit
Updated On: Nov 27, 2019
Nov. 27, 2019 | JOBS | (Click image to enlarge.) […] any cost-saving, as Transdev workers pointed out at the board meeting, comes from cutting worker pay and benefits as well as public safety measures. That’s why the striking workers are taking aim not just at their direct employer, but at WMATA’s push towards privatization — a decision that not only creates a tiered working structure for transit workers but also blurs accountability for public transit. A bus driver working for Transdev and one employed in-house by Metro might do the same job and drive the same bus. But the Transdev employee makes $12 less an hour, according to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents the striking workers… Truthout
 
 
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