Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
November 29—Clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won widespread support—at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store—but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition – 1934
November 30—Unionists and activists shut down World Trade Organization meeting, Seattle, Wash. – 1999
December 1—African-American Rosa Parks refuses to go to the back of a Montgomery, Ala., bus, fueling the growing civil rights movement’s campaign to win desegregation and end the deep South’s “Jim Crow” laws – 1955
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Labor Video: AFSCME Tax Cuts
A look at the debate over tax cuts: who really benefits? Click here to watch the video.