Past Meetup

Washington, DC Labor / Workers' History Guided Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Price: $11.00 /per person


815 16th Street Northwest · Washington D.C., DC

How to find us

Meet at the front entrance of the AFL-CIO Building. Please be on-time/early.

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Our second Washington, DC labor movement / workers' history guided walking tour with Chris Garlock from the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO.

From the "Labor is Life" mosaic to Joe Hill’s ashes, worker’s history is around just about every corner in our nation’s capitol, if you know where to look.

This 3-hour walking tour of downtown DC reveals labor’s often-untold story of protest and resistance. Highlights include the 1932 Bonus Army encampment, the real Roosevelt Memorial, the "Man Controlling Trade" statue and the A. Philip Randolph Memorial.

Metro Washington Council Union Cities Coordinator Chris Garlock - who usually helps local and national activists make history on DC’s streets - leads the tour. NOTE: it's an easy walk but wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Registration & Tour Donation

This tour has a space limit of 30 people. We are asking for a contribution of $10 per person (plus $1 processing fee to, payable at the time of registration. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to one of the community groups we work with, in this case the Employment Justice Center, .

The EJC’s mission is “to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.” The registration is full refundable if the tour is cancelled/postponed, or if you change your RSVP from "yes" to "no" at least 7 days prior to the tour - to give others the opportunity to attend.

This tour will sell out - sign up today!


Our third DC LaborFest will run the entire month of May 2016 and includes the 16th annual DC Labor FilmFest, as well as dozens of labor arts events including music, theater, poetry, books, art and history. Support one of the only film festivals in the world dedicated to showcasing labor art and screening films featuring workers and workers’ issues.

"The DC Labor Fest – sponsored by the Metro Washington Labor Council and supported by numerous other labor and social justice organizations — provides a forum for numerous forms of cultural productions with a focus on working people that is rare in our corporate-driven culture industry," writes Kurt Stand in The Washington Socialist. "The films, music, art and walking tours open a window on the experiences, ideas, aspirations of individual workers and of their collective struggles. Two film events shown on successive evenings, May 11 and 12, speak to the larger achievement of the festival as a whole."

Chris Garlock

Managing Editor, Union City

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Additional Tour Info

The walk will take place light rain or shine. Meet at the front entrance of the AFL-CIO Building. Please be on-time/early.

Our walk will conclude at Union Station and everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for a lively lunch discussion recap of the tour (lunch on your own expense).

Any questions that can't be answered by the above event description or Google please let me know.


Robert Kelleman