Today in Labor History: June 12
Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants walk off their jobs; demands include equalization of wages and conditions throughout U.S. plants – 1904
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Labor Song: The Organizer
On the evenings of August 31 and September 1, 1984, a dozen Wobbly singers produced a joint concert at Holstein’s on North Lincoln in Chicago, a club owned and operated by folk singers. This song, performed by Utah Phillips with members of Entertainment Workers Local Union 630, is one of the many gems from that evening. —From liner notes by Utah Phllips (May 15, 1935 – May 23, 2008) Click here to listen to the song.