Labor History in 2:00

Labor History in 2min
Is it unpatriotic to go on strike when the nation is at war?  What if your workplace is in an industry critical to the war effort?  On this day in Labor History the year was 1941. The world was at embroiled in the Second World War, and increasingly it seemed as if the United States would soon jo...
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1970.  This was the day postal workers walked off the job in New York City.  The strike caught many by surprise. The workers had not received a raise since 1967 and were not permitted by law to engage in collective bargaining. 
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1966.  This is the day Chicano labor organizer, Caesar Chavez started a 340 mile march from Delano to Sacramento, California for the rights of farm workers.  The action had actually started the year before, in 1965.  Filipino farm workers had gone strike...
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Albert Shanker was fed up.  Mr. Shanker taught math at a junior high in in Astoria, Queens.  He and his colleagues felt they were underpaid and not respected.  The assistant principal of the school even spied on their classrooms with binoculars! 
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1887.  This was the day the International Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America got their start issuing their first charter.  John Elliot led the founding meeting.
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1954, marking the opening of the powerful labor film, “Salt of the Earth.”  “Salt of the Earth” told the story of striking Chicano miner members of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Local 890 against the Empire Zinc mine in New Me...
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1906.  That was the day the world lost a great champion of woman’s and worker’s rights, Susan B. Anthony.  Born in 1820 in Massachusetts to a Quaker family, Susan B. Anthony is most well-known for her tireless campaign to secure the right to vote for wom...
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The year was 1912. The Lawrence MA. Textile workers strike had worn on for over a month.  More than 20,000 workers had walked off the job. Most of them were young women.  
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1937.   It was a tragic day of history repeating itself. An explosion occurred deep inside the Macbeth mine, in Logan West Virginia.  In the immediate aftermath the bodies of 2 miners were recovered.  
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1941.  New Yorkers woke up to find a foot of snow blanketing their city.  Nearly a million New Yorkers also discovered their usual routine was going to be disrupted.  At 5 a.m. the Transport Workers Union had walked off the job, calling a strike against ...
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You have likely heard the recent news stories about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  The national media continues to report as labor, energy groups, environmental and Native American activists all debate the proposed oil pipeline.  But did you know that on the day in Labor History, March 9, m...
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You may know that March is Women’s History Month.  But do you know why it takes place each March? It all goes back to today in Labor History the year was 1857.  That was the day that hundreds of women working in New York City’s garment industry went on strike.  
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1932. Forever remembered as a tragic day. The nation was in the grip of the Great Depression. As the economy languished, car sales plummeted by 80 percent. Thousands in Detroit found themselves out of work.  Breadlines in the city grew longer with each p...
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On this day in Labor History the year was 2012.  A few thousand artists, activists, teachers and union members lined Broadway in New York City.  Each held a pink placard, representing a “pink slip.” As New Yorkers bustled by on their way to work, the protestors stood with their signs from 8:14 i...
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1879.   A steamship named the Colorado, docked in St. Louis.   On board were black migrant workers on their way to Kansas in search of jobs and a better life.  
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This was the day President Franklin Roosevelt named Frances Perkins Secretary of Labor.  Secretary Perkins was the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the US Government.  Perkins brought to her position years of experience advocating for working people.   Born in Boston, Perkins attended M...
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Are you a trade union worker?  Have you ever worked at a “prevailing wage” job site? Then today in Labor History, is an important day for you.  The year was 1931.  Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act.  This act requires that any new construction or repair of a public building or public works pro...
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1937.  The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, and US Steel signed their first, historic labor agreement.  Previous efforts to organize steel workers had failed due to the union-busting tactics of the steel mill owners. 
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On this day in Labor History the year was 1912. Nearly one million coal miners went on strike in Great Britain. A period of great labor unrest marked the year leading up to the massive walkout from the mines.  
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Union solidarity does not know national borders.  This was abundantly clear today in labor history, the year was 1986. 450 workers in South Africa walked off the job to support laid off workers in New Jersey. 
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