Today in Labor History: September 10
Polish, Lithuanian and Slovak miners are gunned down—19 dead, more than 50 wounded—by the Lattimer Mine’s sheriff deputies in Hazelton, Pa. Most were shot in the back. The miners were marching peacefully and without weapons for collective bargaining and civil liberty – 1897
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Labor Quiz: What’s a Siderographer?
This Week’s Quiz: The siderographer’s union was formed in 1899; siderographers were: a type of telegrapher, hot-type typesetters, or printing plate engravers? Click here and you could be next week’s winner!
Last Week’s Quiz: The first Labor Day bill was introduced in New York State, but Oregon was the first state to pass a Labor Day bill, on February 21, 1887. New York’s passed later that year, as did similar laws in Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Congrats to Carolyn Marshall of AFGE Local 12, Washington, DC, this week’s quiz winner!
Labor Quote: Advice from the Rich
“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking, or smoking and socializing and more time working.”
– Thoughtful advice to us slackers from Gina Rinehart, who inherited a fortune following the death of her mining tycoon father, as quoted in Australian Resources and Investment magazine. She’s worth $19 billion. GOT QUOTE? Click here to send us your favorite labor quote and we’ll consider it for future posts!