Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
Detroit newspaper workers begin 19-month strike against Gannett, Knight-Ridder. The strike was to become a lockout, which lasted four years more – 1995
Also on this date: Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union organized in Tyronza, AR… click here for complete postings.
Woody Guthrie, writer of “This Land is Your Land” and “Union Maid,” born in Okemah, OK. – 1912
Also on this date: The Great Uprising nationwide railway strike begins in Martinsburg, WV after railroad workers are hit with their second pay cut in a year… Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Massachusetts of murder and payroll robbery – unfairly, most historians agree – after a two-month trial, and are eventually executed… click here for complete postings.
[Woody Guthrie: A Life: Guthrie’s life and work inspired millions while he lived and continues to do so through musicians such as his son Arlo, Bob Dylan -- who as a teenager visited and sang for Guthrie as death approached -- friend and contemporary Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. Guthrie is portrayed as he was -- an imperfect being but one with a gift that helped millions as they struggled toward better lives. In the UCS bookstore now.]
A half-million steelworkers begin what is to become a 116-day strike that shutters nearly every steel mill in the country. Management wanted to dump contract language limiting its ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery that would result in reduced hours or fewer employees – 1959
Also on this date: 50,000 lumberjacks strike for eight-hour day…Robert Gray, an African-American sharecropper and leader of the Share Croppers Union, is murdered in Camp Hill, Alabama… click here for complete postings.
Cool Labor Site: International Labor Rights Forum
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. http://www.laborrights.org/
Labor Video: Meet Mr. 1%
Great video produced by the AFL-CIO takes a closer look at the presidential race. Click here to watch the video.