Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 24—Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: “cool before serving” – 1935
January 25—Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day – 1904
January 26—In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively – 1695
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Labor Video: “Bridgegate”
Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen sing about the price a working man pays for being stuck in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” traffic jam. Hilarious! Click here to watch the video.