A monument to Samuel Gompers on Massachusetts Ave. in DC. Gompers was a founder and 38-year leader of the American Federation of Labor (the AFL in the AFL-CIO) starting in 1886. This monument is located in the middle of nowhere in terms of the average tourist's path through DC, which suggests it's not very important today. Yet, there it stands, 15 blocks or so from the National Mall, a testament to the importance of organized labor at one point in our history. What would Gompers say of the labor movement today?