Today in Labor History: July 23
Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn’t detonate – 1892
Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and eight-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town – 1913
Aluminum Workers Int’l Union merges with The United Brick & Clay Workers of America to form Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers – 1981
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Labor Quote: Mitt’s Overseas Jobs
“There’s a new study out by non-partisan economists that says Governor Romney’s economic plan would, in fact, create 800,000 jobs. There’s only one problem: The jobs wouldn’t be in America.”
– President Obama, at a July 16 town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio
Labor Quiz: Pay Inequity
Last Week’s Quiz: It was American journalist Upton Sinclair who wrote “The Jungle”, which exposed horrendous safety and sanitation hazards in the Chicago meatpacking industry during the early 20th century. Congrats to Dolores Gerber of CWA Local 2222, Falls Church, VA, this week’s quiz winner!
This Week’s Quiz: For every dollar men earn in America, how much do women workers make: 77 cents, 82 cents, or 89 cents? Click here and you could be next week’s Quiz winner!