Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
March 7—Three thousand unemployed auto workers, led by the Communist Party of America, braved the cold in Dearborn, Mich., to demand jobs and relief from Henry Ford. The marchers got too close to the gate and were gassed. After re-grouping, they were sprayed with water and shot at. Four men died immediately; 60 were wounded – 1932
March 8—César Chávez leads 5,000 striking farmworkers on a march through the streets of Salinas, Calif. – 1979
March 9—Spurred by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the U.S. Congress begins its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation. Just one of many programs established to help Americans survive the Great Depression: The Civilian Conservation Corps, which put 2.5 million young men on the government payroll to help in national conservation and infrastructure projects – 1933
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Labor Video: Living Off of Tips
The corporate restaurant industry has kept the federal tipped minimum wage at $2.13 since 1991 and they’re opposing any efforts to raise tipped workers’ wages. Servers are fed up with living off of tips. They are standing up for ONE FAIR WAGE. Click here to watch the video.