Today in Labor History: May 5
Some 14,000 building trades workers and laborers, demanding an 8-hour work day, gather at the Milwaukee Iron Co. rolling mill in Bay View, Wisc. When they approach the mill they are fired on by 250 National Guardsmen under orders from the governor to shoot to kill. Seven die, including 13-year-old boy – 1886
(Apparently Republican Gov. Scott Walker wasn’t the first viciously anti-worker governor in Wisconsin. In Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street, author John Nichols recounts the gripping story of the more than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies who descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011 after Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize. The dramatic struggle elicited extensive national media coverage and debate, as well as enormous grassroots support for protestors, and paved the path for the Occupy Wall Street movement.)
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Cool Labor Site: See ‘n Say
Employers often have a script that they follow to try to stop workers from organizing. CWA does a great job of revealing the script—and union responses—in their clever online “See N’ Say” game. http://www.cwa-union.org/pages/see_n_say