Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
April 25—The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others are arrested while picketing a Charleston, S.C., hospital in a demand for union recognition – 1969
April 26—The U.S. House of Representatives passes House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never ratified by the states and is still technically pending – 1924
(Kids on Strike!: Not only were people under the age of 18 employed, they occasionally went on strike! Kids on Strike! tells the story of children who stood up for their rights against powerful company owners. Nearly two million children were in the U.S. workforce by the early 1900s.)
April 27—James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity – 1946
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Labor Video: Epic FAIL!
Watch what happens when a suit tries to get down with the troops on a construction site. Click here to watch the video.