Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 3—Wobbly Tom Mooney tried in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing – 1917
January 4—Angered by increasing farm foreclosures, members of Iowa’s Farmers Holiday Association threaten to lynch banking representatives and law officials who institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of the Great Depression – 1933
January 5—Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins. Ten of the 11 deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site—the first-ever use of such equipment—failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club – 1933
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Labor Video: Be Careful! Be Careful!!!! BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!
Check out this absurdly over-the-top workplace safety video. Click here to watch the video.