Today in Labor History: October 16
Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution. When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.” In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty – 1793
Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper’s Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerilla warfare against slavery – 1859
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UCS News Service: Walmart Strikes Spread
Inspired by their co-workers strike in the Los Angeles-area, Walmart workers October 9 walked out in Dallas, Seattle, Miami, Sacramento, Orlando and in the Chicago and Washington areas. From the UCS Labor News Service, perfect for union communicators who need a few more good articles or pieces of art to fill out their newsletter, website, or other communication vehicles, or who are looking for a regular, timely, reliable selection of items with a national or a feature flair.
Labor Cartoon: Self(ish) Interest
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