Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Cool Labor Site: New Unionism; Labor Video: Springsteen Discusses “Wrecking Ball”

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
April 27
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants – 1953
Also on this date: First strike for 10 hour day, by Boston carpenters…James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published…click here for complete postings.
[Reviving the Strike: How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America: If the American labor movement is to rise again, says author Joe Buns, it will not be as a result of electing Democrats, the passage of legislation, or improved methods of union organizing. Rather, workers will need to rediscover the power of the strike. Not the ineffectual strike of today, where employees meekly sit on picket lines waiting for scabs to take their jobs, but the type of strike capable of grinding industries to a halt—the kind employed up until the 1960s. In the UCS bookstore now.]

April 28
Congress creates OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The AFL-CIO sets April 28 as “Workers Memorial Day” to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers killed and injured on the job every year – 1970.
Also on this date: Coal mine collapses at Eccles, W.Va…119 die in Benwood, W.Va. coal mine disaster…United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merges with Pulp, Sulfite & Paper Mill Workers…American Federation of Hosiery Workers merges with Textile Workers Union of America…First “Take Our Daughters to Work Day”…click here for complete postings.

April 29
When their demand that only union men be employed was refused, members of the Western Federation of Miners dynamited and destroyed the $250,000 mill of the Bunker Hill Company at Wardner, Idaho – 1899
Also on this date: Coxey’s Army reaches Washington, DC…click here for complete postings.

Cool Labor Site: New Unionism
New Unionism is about unions setting agendas, rather than just reacting to them. This network unites supporters of four key principles: organizing, workplace democracy, internationalism and creativity.

Labor Video: Springsteen Discusses “Wrecking Ball”
“My work has always been about judging the distance between the American reality and the American dream,” says musician and activist Bruce Springsteen, “how far is that at any given moment?” This short video intercuts Springsteen discussing how his new album explores that distance today with cuts from “Wrecking Ball.” Click here to watch the video.

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