Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
February 28—Members of the Chinese Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in San Francisco’s Chinatown begin what is to be a successful four-month strike for better wages and conditions at the National Dollar Stores factory and three retail outlets – 1938
March 1—An article in the March 1936 edition of the magazine Popular Science lists what it terms “the world’s craziest jobs,” all of them in Hollywood. Included: Horse-tail painter (to make the tails stand out better in the movies); bone-bleacher (for animal skeletons in Westerns); and chorus-girl weigher, whose function the article did not make terribly clear – 1936
(Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams: Find out about the work of the rock stars, poets, filmmakers, activists, novelists, and historians who lend their voices to this entertaining collection about the daily grind. From the folk anthems of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie to the poems of Walt Whitman and Amiri Baraka; from the stories of Willa Cather and Bret Lott to the rabble-rousing work of Michael Moore, and from the White Stripes’ “The Big Three Killed My Baby” to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” this great collection touches upon all aspects of working-class life.)
March 2—Postal workers granted 8-hour day – 1913
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Labor Video: It’s Not a Living
Low-income workers around the United States were asked to describe their jobs, aspirations and fears. These working Americans have the most at stake in the debate over whether to hike the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Click here to watch (Sorry, you may see an ad before you get to the video.)