Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
April 4—Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, where he had been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike. In the wake of this tragedy, riots break out in many cities, including Washington, D.C. – 1968
April 5—Some 14,000 teachers strike Hawaii schools, colleges – 2001
April 6—Birth of Rose Schneiderman, prominent member of the New York Women’s Trade Union League, an active participant in the Uprising of the 20,000, the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York City led by the Int’l Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in 1909, and famous for an angry speech about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire: “Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers…Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement” – 1882
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Labor Video: Deceived and Disrespected by Kellogg’s
Prior to Christmas, Kellogg’s announced the closings of plants in London, Ontario, Canada, and Charmhaven, Australia. Meet the workers of London and learn how Kellogg’s decision to shut the doors of its cereal plant by the end of 2014 and abandon the city after nearly 90 years of production will devastate the community and the 500 workers who have dedicated their working lives to Kellogg’s. Click here to watch the video.